MISSION UPDATES | March 22, 2021

Sol 3067: Super-Resolution and Another SAM Analysis

Written by Lauren Edgar, Planetary Geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center
Rocks formations on Mars

This image was taken by Right Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3065. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

Curiosity is still parked in front of the magnificent "Mont Mercou" cliff face as we continue to work through analyses of the "Nontron drill site. Over the weekend Curiosity dropped off more sample to SAM, and today we’re planning an additional SAM EGA analysis in addition to other remote sensing activities.

Today’s one sol plan starts with several environmental monitoring activities, including a Navcam line of sight observation and Mastcam image of the crater rim to characterize the dust content in the atmosphere. Then ChemCam planned several instrument calibration activities, followed by RMI mosaics of “Jayac” and “Journiac” to assess variations in laminae and diagenetic features exposed in the Mont Mercou cliff face. Mastcam also planned a super resolution mosaic with the intent to increase the level of detail that we can see in an image by using slightly offset camera pointin gs. We hope these observations will help us interpret the spectacular stratification seen in the above Navcam image.

It was an easy day for me as SOWG Chair, and it was helpful to prepare me for my first shift as Long Term Planner tomorrow. Feeling inspired and humbled as Curiosity explores this beautiful outcrop!