Curiosity update: A spectra-cular Monday on Mars

FRA_600077167EDR_F0731206FHAZ00341M_-br2Sols 2284-85, January 7, 2019, update by MSL scientist Mariah Baker: Today was a very smooth planning day on Mars, with the first scheduled science block in the plan being entirely filled by various spectroscopic ChemCam observations. The ChemCam instrument has the capabilities to be used in both passive and active modes, both of which were included in today’s plan. ChemCam active observations, which require shooting a laser at specific rock targets and analyzing the resulting plasmas, will be acquired for “Coatbridge” and “Pitscurrie,” two small rock outcrops in the rover’s vicinity. Altogether, these observations will help us determine the spectral characteristics of the local geology, and the associated Mastcam documentation images of Coatbridge and Pitscurrie will provide geologic context for these measurements. The second scheduled science block, which coincided with an extended stretch of REMS monitoring, was dedicated to environmental observations such as Navcam movies looking for dust devils and clouds… [More at link]

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