Our initial plan was to conduct a MAHLI “dog’s eye” imaging sequence on the beautiful Panari outcrop that we are parked before.
During a dog’s eye sequence, the rover’s arm walks the MAHLI camera along a feature near ground level, just how your martian canine (obviously named “Rover”) would see it. But, we had to move that to tomorrow’s plan due to a couple issues that need resolving first.
Instead, we planned a bevy of remote sensing science with ChemCam, Mastcam, and Navcam. ChemCam will target “Arabopo” (near the upper right in this Mastcam image) for LIBS and Mastcam will image the entire area around it.
Both ChemCam and Mastcam will also take additional images near the workspace on other bedrock blocks and also image “Mirador,” the prominent peak directly ahead of us. ENV will monitor the decay of an early season martian dust storm with a Navcam dust devil movie and Mastcam tau observation.
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Newly discovered carbon may yield clues to ancient Mars
University Park PA (SPX) Jan 18, 2022
NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and since then has roamed Gale Crater taking samples and sending the results back home for researchers to interpret. Analysis of carbon isotopes in sediment samples taken from half a dozen exposed locations, including an exposed cliff, leave researchers with three plausible explanations for the carbon’s origin – cosmic dust, ultraviolet degradation of carbon dioxide, or ultraviolet degradation of biologically produced methane.
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