Curiosity update: Onward and upward!

1819ML0093980010702705E01_DXXX-br2Sol 1822, September 21, 2017, update by MSL scientist Lauren Edgar: On Sol 1821, Curiosity successfully completed contact science activities at “Pennessewassee” and “Passadumkeag”. Perhaps in an effort to get to more easily pronounceable rock targets, today’s tactical team planned a nice long drive towards our next waypoint on Vera Rubin Ridge.

The Sol 1822 plan begins with a Navcam movie to look for clouds above the northern rim of the crater. Then Curiosity will turn her attention towards the bedrock targets in front of her, using both Mastcam and ChemCam to assess the spectral character of yesterday’s DRT target “Passadumkeag” and to assess the composition and sedimentary structures exposed at “Hypocrites Ledge.” We’ll also use Mastcam to monitor the movement of fines on the rover deck. Then Curiosity will gear up for a drive of ~40 m, as we work our way… [More at link]

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