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Sol 2414: Curiosity’s Potassium "Special K" Campaign

23 May 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sol 2414: Curiosity’s Potassium "Special K" Campaign
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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.
After finishing up the science observations at this location, Curiosity will be heading toward what we hope is our next drill location, target ‘Hallaig’; Hallaig rock was already identified by ChemCam as being potassium-rich. The rover planner evaluation looks promising for drilling, though ...

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