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Sol 2383 – 2385: Drill all the rocks!

20 Apr 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sol 2383 – 2385: Drill all the rocks!
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Yestersol‘s drill pre-load test was successful, so today we are go for a drill attempt at ‘Kilmarie!’ The front hazcam image from yesterday’s test (shown above) is a helpful visual for understanding how close our new drill location will be to the last drill at ‘Aberlady.’ In this image, you can see Curiosity resting the point of the drill on the future Kilmarie drill target along with the old Aberlady drill hole, a little to the left of the arm. It’s been a while since we’ve drilled two locations so close together! Avid readers of this blog will recall we decided to drill again in this area because we saw some irregularities during drilling Aberlady. Specifically, we weren’t sure we’d collected enough drill material for both CheMin and SAM analyses at the Aberlady location, so we’re hoping we can be more confident in the amount of sample we collect at Kilmarie.
I was staffed in the role of Surface Properties Scientist (SPS) during planning yesterday and today. One of my responsibilities as SPS is to help assess whether the terrain Curiosity is parked on is stable. Curiosity’s arm is so big and heavy that moving it causes the rover’s center ...

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