Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 2107: Heading Back to the Great Red SpotWritten by Roger Wiens, ChemCam PI on 07.09.2018
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2104 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
The image above shows the Mastcam view as of Sol 2104, in which the nearby terrain is clearly visible, but nothing beyond the foreground, and the entire scene looks a murky red-brown color due to the dust storm. Unhampered by the storm, Curiosity is heading back toward a site visited on Sol 2005 for what we hope will be the next drill target. Jupiter is known for its "Great Red Spot", which is a swirling storm thousands of kilometers in diameter. The rover drive destination could perhaps be called the "Great Red Spot on Mars" as it seems to indicate the presence of a reddish mineral, hematite, as seen from orbit and in rover spectra. Of course this spot is not at all as prominent from orbit as Jupiter's Great Red Spot, but the orbital spectra do predict this location to have one of the highest surface hematite abundances in this part of Gale crater.
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