Curiosity update: SAM goes to Highfield

2227ML0118190000804257E01_DXXX-br2Sol 2231-32, November 14, 2018, update by MSL scientist Scott Guzewich: It’s SAM day for our Highfield drill target! Today we planned to deliver a sample of the ground up rock from our Highfield drill hole to the SAM instrument. The rover will open one of its SAM inlet covers and the arm will be moved over to the top of it and then the drill bit will be reversed in a way that will trickle some finely-ground rock powder down into SAM. Then SAM will heat that rock to very high temperatures and measure the chemical compounds that make up Highfield. This is key to understanding what the Vera Rubin Ridge is made of and its formation history. [More at link]

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