Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Front Hazcams) on Sol 2407 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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Now that we're back on the road following our drill campaign at Kilmarie, Curiosity is planning a quick "touch-and-go" activity today to characterize the local bedrock. Yesterday afternoon, Curiosity drove a short 3 meters to the north towards a large ripple field named "Rigg," which is where the "go" portion of today's "touch-and-go" will take her this afternoon. Before then, however, Curiosity will extend her arm and analyze a patch of bedrock with the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) and then zap some more bedrock off to the starboard side of the rover using the ChemCam Laser Induced Breakdown Spectrometer (LIBS) instrument. She'll then proceed with a well-planned dance that will dip one of Curiosity's wheels into the nearby sand ripples, scuffing the surface and creating a small trench, and then orient herself in a position that will be better suited to study both the disturbed and undisturbed portions of the ripples. The next few days will be dedicated to studying these ripples before Curiosity plans to investigate more of the clay-bearing materials of the Glen Torridon region to the south and east of Vera Rubin ridge.

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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.

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The Curiosity rover has tools to study clues about past and present environmental conditions on Mars, including whether conditions have ever been favorable for microbial life. The rover carries:

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