Curiosity update: Descending Vera Rubin Ridge

NLB_577895199EDR_F0692766NCAM00293M_Sols 2034-35, April 25, 2018, update by MSL scientist Mark Salvatore: Curiosity is continuing her march to the north and west, descending through the stratigraphic layers exposed in Vera Rubin Ridge and working her way back towards the unit known as the Blunts Point member, just below the ridge. Curiosity will continue her investigation of each of these stratigraphic layers, filling in all of the details necessary to interpret the geologic history of this region.

Until then, the science team is keeping Curiosity busy with additional measurements to better interpret the local and regional geology. In today’s two-sol plan, Curiosity will begin with a 1 hour and 40 minute science block dedicated to studying the exposed rocky material in front of the rover. The science block kicks off with ChemCam measurements of surface chemistry using the onboard laser and spectrometers. The targets include “Mesabi,” a textured rock towards the left-front wheel, then “Wakemup Bay,” which appears to be in-place bedrock, and finally “Midway,” a long and narrow rock in front of the rover that has potentially been broken apart by the small impact crater (named “Taconite crater”), to the north of… [More at link]

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