Curiosity Mission Updates
Sol 2414: Curiosity's Potassium "Special K" CampaignWritten by Ashley Stroupe on 05.21.2019
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Left Navigation Camera (Navcams) on Sol 2413 Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Curiosity is investigating an area that is very high in potassium, and we're trying to characterize the distribution and the source of that potassium. Yesterday we did a short drive to get one of these potassium-rich rocks into our workspace - "Grampian Mountains." While this target isn't viable for drilling, it is a good example of this potassium-rich area, which is now in our workspace (See image). We'll be starting out with some contact science (APXS and MAHLI) on the target. After the arm activities, there is a long targeted science block with ChemCam and Mastcam of several targets, including Grampian Mountains. "Annbank" and (to a lesser extent) "Brimmond" have similarities to the Woodland Bay block that was examined on sol 2359 (and which might be another possible drill target), so we're examining them to make a comparison. Our fourth target is "Balintore," which is part of our systematic bedrock survey; we're looking for more potassium-rich bedrock.
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