Curiosity update: Hunting shiny things

CR0_596520067PRC_F0730550CCAM02240L1Sol 2245-46, November 28, 2018, update by MSL scientist Suzanne Schwenzer: Curiosity woke up to Mr Rogers “Please would you be my neighbor” this morning to welcome InSight, and then got very busy at the Highfield drill site.

Every plan has its personality, and the upcoming one is that of a gymnast – at least as far as the arm is concerned: Curiosity will dump the Highfield sample, which requires several MAHLI looks and an APXS operation, but the plan also requires swinging the arm out of the way so other instruments can have their unobscured look at the dump pile.

Of course, the main activity is to look at the Highfield dump pile with all instruments available. APXS will get the chemistry, and Navcam, Mastcam and MAHLI will have a close look. In addition, a Mastcam multispectral and a ChemCam passive observation will add to the information collected from the dump pile… [More at link]

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