MISSION UPDATES | October 20, 2020

Sol 2918: A Short but Sweet Day of Planning

Written by Lauren Edgar, Planetary Geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center
An imaging of the front work space of the Curiosity rover on Mars with drill holes in the ground.

This image was taken by Front Hazard Avoidance Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2917. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

The science team decided to stay at the Groken drill location (as seen in the above Hazcam image) a little bit longer to let SAM have a taste of this interesting sample. Today’s one-sol plan is focused on dropping off 4 portions of the Groken sample to SAM and then conducting an evolved gas analysis. But SAM can also be pretty power-hungry (that’s what happens when you’re working day and night!), so there wasn’t much room in the plan for other activities. That means it was a short but sweet day of planning for me as SOWG Chair, but I’m excited to learn what SAM thinks of this sample! We’ll pick up some additional science activities in tomorrow’s plan. The science team is also getting ready for our virtual team meeting which will take place tomorrow and Thursday. While I miss seeing everyone in person, I look forward to “meeting on Mars” to discuss recent results and upcoming plans!