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Sol 2472-2473: Additional Contact Science and a Soliday at Sandside Harbour

22 Jul 2019, 16:00 UTC
Sol 2472-2473: Additional Contact Science and a Soliday at Sandside Harbour
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Curiosity is still parked in front of an outcrop known as ‘Sandside Harbour’ in order to investigate differences in the lighter and darker outcrop expressions. Contact science in the previous plan went well, and today we have one more opportunity to look for differences in sedimentary structures and composition before driving on to the next outcrop.
The plan starts with Mastcam multispectral observations to characterize the two different parts of this outcrop, as well as a unique fin of bedrock sticking out at ‘Joppa Shore.’ Mastcam will also be used to document some nearby stratigraphy at ‘North Minch’ and an interesting green rock named ‘Halkirk.’ Then ChemCam will assess the chemistry of ‘Blackstones Bank’ (part of the darker outcrop) and ‘Essendy’ (a target on the lighter outcrop). We also planned a large Mastcam mosaic to document the ‘Sandside Harbour’ outcrop. The main focus of the plan is to use the DRT, MAHLI, and APXS to characterize the darker outcrop for comparison with the lighter outcrop measurements that were taken previously. ‘East Shetland,’ shown in the right side of the above Navcam image, is the top priority today. We’ll also acquire MAHLI and APXS on ‘Essendy,’ located on the left side ...

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