Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 1899-1901: SAM Evolved Gas AnalysisWritten by Ken Herkenhoff on 12.11.2017
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 1896 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The plan for this weekend is to finish up the investigation of Vera Rubin Ridge stop #9 and drive toward the next stop. On Sol 1899, Mastcam will acquire multispectral observations of possibly hematite-rich outcrops at "Farr" and the Sol 1897 contact science target "Wick." Both ChemCam and the Right Mastcam will observe "Muck," another Sol 1897 contact science target, and new rock targets named "Gala" and "Lagavulin." Mastcam will also take standard color images of interesting blocks named "Moffat" and "Cape Wrath." Then more of the Ogunquit Beach sample will be dropped into SAM for an overnight evolved gas analysis on Sols 1900 and 1901. The goal is to measure the amounts of various noble gases in the sample in order to determine when the minerals in the sand were formed.
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