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Sol 2380: Lucky Number 3

16 Apr 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sol 2380: Lucky Number 3
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Yesterday’s discussions with the science team focused on determining which target in the vicinity of ‘Aberlady’ will become the focus of the next drill campaign: target 2, or target 3 (pictured in the Sol 2379 Mission Update). In the end, target 3 was recommended by rover planners for its flatter texture, as an APXS raster of both targets showed there wasn’t a large difference in composition between the two. Once formally included in plan activities, target 3 will be given a proper name consistent with those being used in the ‘Glen Torridon’ region.
Tosol begins with a MAHLI open cover image of the Aberlady sample dump pile (shown above) and then an arm retract to get it out of the way for a Mastcam multispectral observation of the dump pile that follows. Next, a Navcam dust devil survey and suprahorizon movie are included to monitor clouds and dust devils in the current transition from dusty to cloudy season. Then a ChemCam 10×1 vertical LIBS and RMI observation on the Aberlady drill tailings and a Mastcam documentation image wraps up the 1 hour science block.
After sunset, two APXS rasters on two differently toned drill tailing targets are planned to run ...

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