Curiosity update: Preparing for the holidays

1553ML0079770040604750E01_DXXXSol 1566-68, December 21, 2016, update by USGS scientist Lauren Edgar: Today was our last tactical planning day before the team takes a break over the holidays.  But that doesn’t mean that Curiosity will be resting!  A group of science team members and operations staff assembled an 8-sol plan that will execute over December 22-30, focused on environmental monitoring and change detection.  Today’s tactical planning was aimed at creating a 3-sol plan that will take place over New Year’s, from December 31-January 2.  When we return to normal operations on January 3, we’ll dive right back in to a campaign investigating some interesting fracture patterns at “Old Soaker,” seen in the Mastcam image above.

Today’s 3-sol plan starts with Mastcam multispectral observations of the targets “Old Soaker” and “Schooner Head” to assess their red and gray color variations.  This is followed by a Navcam observation to search for dust devils.  Then ChemCam will target “Moore Harbor” and “Northeast Harbor” to look for variations in chemistry.  (…)

This will be the last [Curiosity update] blog [post] until January 3 when we resume normal operations.  Until then – may your sols be merry and bright, and safe travels as you rove into the New Year! [More at link]

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