Curiosity update: The Southern Escarpment almost within reach

NLB_617218055EDR_F0762594NCAM00266M_-br2Sol 2476, July 24, 2019, update by MSL engineer Ashley Stroupe: This morning Curiosity found herself parked at the base of the southern escarpment of the Visionarium. She’s at a significant tilt of 21 degrees; you can see the slope of the horizon in the attached image. We’ve been imaging this ridge from several locations over the past few sols, trying to build up our understanding of the geology in this area. In today’s plan Curiosity will continue taking high resolution images of the outcrop with Mastcam and ChemCam; three specific areas are being targeted on the outcrop to see details of the various layering: “Antonine Wall,” “Tyrebagger Hill,” and “Seaton Cliffs.”

After completing the imaging, Curiosity will be driving just a little bit closer to try to put the layers near Tyrebagger Hill into the arm workspace. This requires backing up a short distance, turning slightly, and then re-approaching the ridge at a slightly different location… [More at link]

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