In Your (Cliff) Face – Mission Update for Sols 3051-3053: Written by Ryan Anderson, Planetary Geologist at the USGS [summary & links in comments]
In Your (Cliff) Face – Mission Update for Sols 3051-3053:
Written by Ryan Anderson, Planetary Geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center,
March 5, 2021.
In planning today, the team decided to drive to a drill location closer to the cliff face of “Mont Mercou.” Before we do that, Mastcam will take a stereo mosaic of the drill site (the flat patch of bright outcrop visible in this Navcam image) as well as a larger stereo mosaic of the cliff face to get a high-resolution look at the layers exposed there. ChemCam will join in too, with a 20-image mosaic of the top of the cliff. Mastcam also will search for dust devils and measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere on Sol 3051. In the late afternoon on Sol 3051, MAHLI will collect a series of images of the targets “Montrem” and “Peyrat” and then APXS will measure the composition of both targets, starting in the evening on Peyrat and continuing overnight on Montrem.
Sol 3052 will start with Navcam atmospheric observations, followed by ChemCam passive and Mastcam multispectral observations of the brushed spot on Montrem. Mastcam will also take a stereo mosaic of the target “Grand Brassac” and a nearby butte. We will then drive toward Mont Mercou and collect Navcams and a MARDI image from our new location. Overnight between sols 3052 and 3053, SAM has a calibration activity. On Sol 3053, we will use Navcam to watch for clouds, and both Navcam and Mastcam to measure atmospheric dust.
This image was taken by Curiosity’s left-side navigation camera on Sol 3049. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.
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Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.
Recent drive details (uncalibrated):-
Sol: 3049 March 5, 2021)
Distance (point-to-point): ~24 meters ~79 feet)
Start Elevation: -4076.484 meters
Finish Elevation: -4073.724 meters
Elevation change 2.76 meters (9 feet)
Pointing (yaw): 177.50° (0° = North)
Planetocentric longitude: 137.41256°
Planetocentric latitude: -4.735278°
Site Index: 87
Drive index: 696
Total distance: 24.88 km (15.46 miles)
Total climb: 427.3 meters 1402 feet)
Map Quadrangle: Nontron
Target names (theme): French places.
Map archive: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/map-archive/
Update archive: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/mission-updates/
Quadrangles names: https://imgur.com/a/5v22tzK
Destination Mount Sharp: https://youtu.be/T1SL0NnXRW0
Fly down Gale: https://youtu.be/bMdE9t5aSaM
Raw Images: https://mars.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw-images/
Map credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UofA/USGS & F.Nogal
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