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Sols 2429-2430: A "No-Touch-And-Go"

7 Jun 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sols 2429-2430: A "No-Touch-And-Go"
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The original plan for Sol 2429 involved a ‘touch-and-go’ where the rover would have engaged in contact science (that’s the ‘touch’ portion) followed by a drive (the ‘go’ portion), but through discussion the instrument leads determined tactically that they were satisfied with the contact science already acquired at this location. Thus, we planned a ‘no-touch-and-go,’ and were able to take the time planned for contact science and use it to extend the length of a remote sensing science block before the drive.
This science block contains two Mastcam multi-filter observations, a 10×1 ChemCam raster on target ‘Awe,’ a 5×1 raster on target ‘Castle Rock,’ and a Mastcam stereo mosaic to capture nearby gravel. Curiosity will then drive an hour and twenty minutes, and wrap up the sol with some post-drive imaging of the new workspace, a Mastcam tau to measure atmospheric opacity, and a post-drive DAN active. For those not familiar, a post-drive DAN active consists of the DAN instrument shooting neutrons into the ground and measuring the energy of the reflected neutrons to detect hydrogen just below the surface. A DAN active occurs after every drive so that the DAN team can acquire these measurements at every location that ...

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