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Sols 2320-2323: Onwards to Midland Valley

14 Feb 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sols 2320-2323: Onwards to Midland Valley
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Front Hazcam image, showing the current workspace. This is a block of more coherent bedrock, surrounded by rubbly terrain, with lots of small rocks, pebbles and sand.

Today was a very busy planning day for the Curiosity operations team. We planned a 3-sol plan, with contact science, imaging, environmental monitoring and a drive.
Our weekend plan brought us to a block of coherent rock, a treat after spending many workspaces in more broken up and rubbly areas. The Geology (GEO) theme group uplinked lots of contact science here on Monday, so we are ready to leave and drive on to the next coherent block we have identified in the distance, a target known as ‘Midland Valley.’ Before leaving however, we planned contact science on ‘Ladder Hills,’ a beautiful example of laminated bedrock. APXS will be used to determine the chemistry, to compare it to our other targets in this workspace ‘Gannet’ and ‘Curlew.’ MAHLI will take images of the laminations within Ladder Hills from two different angles – straight downwards onto the rock surface (the spot where APXS will also analyze), and from an oblique angle. ChemCam will acquire active LIBS (laser) analysis of Ladder Hills, in addition ...

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