Curiosity Mission Updates

NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2471 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
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Today's one-sol plan included both remote science and contact science. The team planned a large Mastcam mosaic of the outcrop located to the south of Curiosity. The image above shows a Mastcam image of a different part of the outcrop that was imaged last week. When we see outcrops like this one that show a vertical exposure of laminated rocks, we capture it in high resolution Mastcam images so that scientists can look for sedimentary structures that give us clues as to how the rock formed.

The workspace today showed a lot of pebbles, plus a few small blocks. Two of the blocks, "Moine" and "Mither Tap," were targeted by MAHLI, APXS, and ChemCam.

In order to fit in all the science observations in today's plan, Curiosity will not be driving in this sol. Tomorrow the rover will likely keep rolling along the traverse!

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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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