Curiosity update: Finishing up at Harlaw Rise

NLB_616157882EDR_F0761786NCAM00353M_-br2Sols 2465-67, July 12, 2019, update by MSL scientist Ken Herkenhoff: The Sol 2463 drive went as planned, leaving the rover in position to examine what appears to be a small dome in the sedimentary rocks (visible on the left side of the scene above). To determine whether the layers really do bow upward here, we planned an oblique MAHLI mosaic and a Mastcam stereo mosaic. MAHLI will also acquire full suites of images of bedrock targets “Ecclefechan” and “Kirbuster” after ChemCam has measured their chemistry and hopefully cleared off some dust using its laser. ChemCam will also observe a small, brighter outcrop named “Hatton” on Sol 2465. Later that sol, Mastcam will image the sun just before sunset, and APXS will perform short integrations on Kirbuster and longer, overnight integrations on Ecclefechan.

On Sol 2466, Mastcam will image the sun and the Gale Crater rim just after noon to measure the dust content in the atmosphere. Then Mastcam will acquire 3 stereo mosaics, of the possible dome in front of the rover, of the “Aitken Pit” area to the left, and of the top of Harlaw Rise before the rover drives away. During the drive around the east side of Harlaw Rise, the rover will pause to acquire Left Mastcam and Navcam… [More at link]

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