Curiosity Mission Updates
Sols 2388-2389: Characterizing the Kilmarie and Aberlady Drill SitesWritten by Christopher Edwards on 04.24.2019
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mast Camera (Mastcam) on Sol 2389 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
In the plan today, the top priority was to drop off some sample from the Kilmarie drill hole to the CheMin instrument in order to begin the process of obtaining quantitative mineralogy. The CheMin instrument will help determine how the elements that make up the Kilmarie drill sample are bonded together, not just the abundances of the elements in the rocks like the ChemCam and APXS instruments can determine. Figuring out how the various elements are bonded together is particularly important for geologists as it tells us more about how the rock formed and its alteration history than the elemental chemistry alone. When coupled with the ChemCam and APXS chemistry information these datasets becomes particularly powerful.
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