MISSION UPDATES | March 10, 2020

Sol 2700: Photo Shoot

Written by Scott Guzewich, Atmospheric Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2698.

This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2698. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

Today’s plan focused on completing a major task of our science campaign investigating the Greenheugh Pediment: taking a large Mastcam stereo mosaic of the pediment capping unit and the distant Gediz Vallis ridge. Much of the mosaic’s field-of-view is covered in this Navcam image. This large mosaic will help link the patterns seen from orbit with what we see on the ground and help us understand how the pediment and Gediz Vallis formed and what their relative ages are compared to the rest of the features we’ve explored.

After taking that mosaic and a Navcam dust devil survey (the Greenheugh Pediment also appears to be particularly prone to dust devils), we’ll make a short drive to the west to reach our 3rd stop on this science campaign. After evaluating that location later this week, we’ll decide which spot we’ll want to drill.