MISSION UPDATES | January 18, 2023

Sols 3716-3717: Our Encanto!

Written by Elena Amador-French
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took 28 images in Gale Crater using its mast-mounted Right Navigation Camera (Navcam) to create this mosaic.

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity took 28 images in Gale Crater using its mast-mounted Right Navigation Camera (Navcam) to create this mosaic. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Download image ›

Yesterday’s plan executed successfully including a short bump that placed us in front of an interesting block that may just contain our next drilled target!

Before the science team commits to drilling the target “Encanto,” we will first investigate the chemistry and composition of the target using APXS, ChemCam, and Mastcam (using their multispectral capability), to ensure that it is scientifically in-line with the rest of the Marker Band. Additionally, we will perform a preload test which will provide a sense of the stability of the block.

El Encanto is a town and municipality in the Amazonas region of Colombia. Additionally one translation of the Spanish word “encanto” is “charm” – we indeed hope this drill target is charmed after we faced challenges with our last two drill attempts on the Marker Band.

In addition to today’s initial drill campaign activities, we will take a 360 degree Mastcam mosaic and perform our regular cadence of environmental monitoring activities.

Looking forward to seeing what this “Encanto” holds for us on Friday!