Curiosity update: Exploring variations in composition, texture, and color

NRB_575668610EDR_F0690714NCAM00274M_-br2Sols 2008-10, March 30, 2018, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: Yesterday Curiosity drove 35 m to the southeast, which set us up for some great contact science on the rim of a small impact crater. We’re working our way toward Region 13 on Vera Rubin Ridge and exploring changes in bedrock composition, texture, and color, as shown in the Navcam and MAHLI images.

I was the SOWG Chair today, and we developed a 3-sol plan with a lot of great science for the weekend. The first sol kicks off with ChemCam observations of “Beinn Dearg Mhor,” “Dun Caan,” and “Dalbeattie” to look for changes in chemistry within the red bedrock in our workspace. Sometimes I’m convinced that the geology theme group intentionally picks names that are hard for me to pronounce during the SOWG meeting! Then we’ll acquire Mastcam documentation of those targets as well as a mosaic to characterize a sandy trough on the floor of the small crater at “Saxa Vord.” In the afternoon, we planned contact science (including DRT, MAHLI, and APXS) on the targets… [More at link]

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