MISSION UPDATES | November 19, 2021

Sols 3303-3305: Zechpulver

Written by Scott Guzewich, Atmospheric Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
image of a drill hole on Mars.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, on November 19, 2021, Sol 3301 of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission, at 00:37:21 UTC. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Download image ›

We’re taking our last measurements at our Zechstein drill hole this weekend. This involves contact science on the drill tailings (the pile of powder surrounding the hole in the image above) with APXS and MAHLI. We’ll also shoot the wall of the drill hole with ChemCam LIBS to measure the geochemistry in the hole and how it changes with depth. Once we wrap that up, we’ll start driving toward our next science stop closer to the edge of the Greenheugh Pediment.

Overnight on Sunday, SAM will prepare to perform an experiment over the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ve been carrying a rock sample around in SAM for over 3 years! Over the long holiday weekend, SAM will finally perform a thorough analysis of this sample.