Curiosity update: Heading back to the main road

NRB_570073400EDR_F0672884NCAM00284M_-br2Sol 1945-46, January 24, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: Curiosity diverted from our primary “Mount Sharp Ascent Route” a couple weeks ago as we continued to investigate the outcrops of bluish-toned rock that are scattered around this region of the Vera Rubin Ridge. Our most recent drive put us near the edge of the Vera Rubin Ridge, overlooking the “clay unit” (the upper portion of this image) that Curiosity will eventually reach, but not yet! We still have work to do in the hematite-rich Vera Rubin Ridge and so we must return to our original path eastward along the ridge and will begin that with a drive on the second sol of today’s plan.

But before we depart, Curiosity will finish investigating the science goal of this location: studying a transition in rock tones between more gray-blue tones and those familiar martian orange-reds. This involves contact science on one of the redder-toned rocks, “Loch Gairloch”, with… [More at link]

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