Curiosity update: Back in the groove

NRB_563417709EDR_F0662312NCAM00353M_-br2Sol 1870-71, November 8, 2017, update by MSL scientist Rachel Kronyak: Above is a Navcam image of Curiosity’s location after a successful drive on Sol 1869. The shadows show the Robotic Arm (RA) and turret on the left, and the Remote Sensing Mast (RSM) to the lower right. I can’t help but think that Curiosity is giving us a “high-five” for another stellar drive!

Today we planned a jam-packed 2 sols of remote and contact science as we continue our journey along the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR). On the first sol, Sol 1870, we’ll do a ChemCam observation on the bedrock target “Waboomberg,” followed by some Mastcam imaging of nearby VRR features, including exposed rock layers and light-colored bedrock. We’ll then use the DRT to brush the surface on target “Platberg,” which is followed by MAHLI imaging and an APXS analysis. We’ll do additional APXS and MAHLI observations on Waboomberg… [More at link]

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