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Sol 2300: Beam me up Scotty!

24 Jan 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sol 2300: Beam me up Scotty!
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Navcam Left image looking along the back edge of the Vera Rubin Ridge (top left to top centre) down into the clay-bearing unit.

Curiosity is on the brink of descending down off the Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) onto the clay-bearing unit. We are hoping to ‘beam up’ lots of interesting new data to the Mars orbiters, to be relayed to Earth after executing our plan on Mars tosol. We planned a typical ‘Touch and Go’ sol today, which includes using the arm to place our contact science instruments (APXS and MAHLI) on a rock target to document chemistry and texture, followed by remote science by ChemCam and Mastcam to also look at chemistry and the larger scale view out the front window, before a drive. We are documenting how the chemistry and appearance of the rock is changing as we transition from the resistant VRR to the less resistant, orbitally distinct clay-bearing unit, and taking larger-scale images and mosaics to assist in future planning of our investigation of the clay-bearing unit.
We chose a reddish-purple, laminated bedrock target for APXS and MAHLI and selected the name ‘Linlithgow,’ which is apparently the birthplace of Mary Queen of Scots and ...

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