MISSION UPDATES | October 30, 2020

Sols 2928-2930: 'Ness'-essary Halloween Plans

Written by Scott Guzewich, Atmospheric Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Rover image of Mars rocks with part of rover in the frame

This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2926. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

It’s a not-so-spooky Halloween on Mars this weekend as Curiosity continues working toward the sulfate unit of Mt. Sharp while conducting science along the way. This weekend, we’ll have contact science at “Garth Ness” (the rock directly in front of the arm in this Navcam image) with MAHLI and APXS. ChemCam will continue the ness-essary weekend science with LIBS targets on “Fugla Ness,” “Stennes,” “Dunrossness,” and “Noness.” ENV will have a routine weekend with our weekly morning meteorological observations and searches for dust devils. We’re in a time of year where dust devils are particularly frequent, and we want to watch for them as we approach the large sand sheet that Curiosity will be studying later up close to see if dust devils are moving sand around. We’ll then drive onward toward our next stop.