Update for Sol 3068: Time to Re-Gift. Written by Scott Guzewich, Atmospheric Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center [summary & links in 1st comment]
Curiosity Rover Mission Update for Sol 3068:Time to Re-Gift.Written by Scott Guzewich, Atmospheric Scientist at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center
March 24, 2021.
It takes careful planning to manage the rover’s battery and power, much like we all manage our cell phone batteries and try to keep them charged. But we have to plan several sols ahead. The analogy would be if we had to plan ahead three days when we wanted to stream a TV show on our phone and knowing we’d only be able to charge it that day from 7-8 a.m. Usually when we plan a SAM activity (this is a recent Mastcam image of the SAM inlet covers), like yesterday, we expect a power “gift” in the next sol where SAM does not use as much power as we budgeted. Yesterday, that was not the case, and combined with late changes to yesterday’s plan, we came into today’s plan with 5% less power than expected. That’s a difference you likely never notice for your cell phone, but that was enough to drastically reduce our extra science time today. We managed to still fit in a ChemCam long-distance image mosaic, but otherwise are limited to our drill campaign activities where we will dump the remaining powdered rock in the drill onto the surface and conduct contact science on it with MAHLI and APXS.
This image was taken by one of Curiosity’s mast cameras on Sol 3065, it features the twin inlet covers for the SAM instrument. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS.
These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.
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: 3052 (not yet available)
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/
Key Science Papers: https://mars.nasa.gov/internal_resources/840/
Map credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UofA/USGS & F.Nogal
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