Curiosity update: Familiar rocks at our feet

NRB_612334595EDR_F0752770NCAM00354M_-br2Sols 2422-23, June 3, 2019, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 2420 Curiosity drove ~61 m back to the “Woodland Bay” target, to analyze some interesting thick and thin laminations within the bedrock that we had observed previously, and to characterize compositional diversity. After the long drive over the weekend, it was nice to see some familiar rocks lying just in front of our rover wheels, confirming that the drive had gone well.

Today’s 2-sol plan is focused on contact science to characterize the grain size and stratification within these bedrock blocks, this time focused on a target named “Crakaig.” The plan starts with MAHLI and APXS observations of the bedrock block in the lower left corner in the above Navcam image. Then we’ll acquire a ChemCam observation of “Fladen,” to assess the composition of typical gray bedrock…. [More at link]

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