Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 1536: Drilling "Precipice"Written by on 11.30.2016
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 1532 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The cross-contamination experiment and cleaning of CHIMRA went well, so we are ready to drill into the Precipice target !
Past drilling activities have made use of both rotation and percussion, but percussion has caused intermittent short circuits
occasionally since Sol 911,
so on Sol 1536 we will test the ability of the drill to
acquire a sample using rotation only, without percussion. We expect
that the Precipice target is soft enough that the experiment will go
well, but of course we won't know until we try! Drilling and associated
imaging will require enough power and time that additional observations
could not be added to the plan.
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These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public.
Dates of planned rover activities described in these reports are subject to change due to a variety of factors related to the Martian environment, communication relays and rover status.