Curiosity update: After the drill is before the drill…

FLB_608868950EDR_F0751398FHAZ00302M_-br2Sol 2382, April 19, 2019, update by MSL scientist Susanne Schwenzer: Some days just give me goose bumps. First, looking at yesterday’s plan I realized that we did something really unusual overnight: Wrap up the drill activity on one site and start the drill activities on the next in the same sol. As reported yesterday, we said Good-bye to “Aberlady,” and we turned the rover to “Kilmarie,” our next drill target. The two targets are just 80 centimetres away from each other.

But that was not the only thing that made the day special. On some days we start planning just before the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) data downlink is due to deliver the data that we need for planning. Today was such a day. Seeing the data arrive, displaying them the moment they show up, and discussing what we see immediately after the data reached us, is one of the most exciting moments of such a… [More at link]

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