Curiosity update: Dumping Ogunquit Beach sample

1966MH0007310010704594C00_DXXX-br2Sols 1968-70, February 16, 2018, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: We got lots of good news this morning: The DRT brushing of the potential drill target [at right] completed successfully, as did SAM’s recent analysis of the Ogunquit Beach sample, and the rover is healthy and ready for more! So the weekend plan is focused on dumping the last of the Ogunquit Beach sand out of CHIMRA, which is necessary before we can test the new feed-extended drilling technique. But first, on Sol 1968, Navcam will perform a sky survey and search for clouds, as this is the cloudy season on Mars. Then ChemCam and Right Mastcam will observe bedrock targets “Smoo Cave” and “St. Andrews” to sample the nearby chemical diversity. Sol 1969 will be a busy day for MSL, starting with more ChemCam and Right Mastcam bedrock observations, this time of “Yesnaby” and “Dingwall.” Then the arm will get to… [More at link]

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