Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 02, 2022 Curiosity is making its way through the stunning "Paraitepuy Pass,"...
Curiosity is making its way through the stunning "Paraitepuy Pass," the little canyon that runs between the "Deepdale" and "Bolivar" buttes to our east and west, respectively.
The canyon floor is filled with aeolian bedforms, or sand ripples, as wind is likely funneled through the pass, mobilizing sand grains - a lovely modern process, active on Mars today! Today's two-sol plan contains our normal cadence of remote science, contact science, and driving on the first sol, and untargeted remote science on the second sol.
Our contact science includes taking a MAHLI "Dog's eye" mosaic of the bedrock target "Karisparo." In a dog's eye mosaic, the rover planners attempt to get the MAHLI camera as parallel to a vertical face of an exposure as possible.
The science team then uses these observations to interpret how the grains were deposited and may have been subsequently perturbed.
The science team was able to bring in plenty of observations today as we expect to have plenty of power and daylight to work with.
The drive planned by the rover planners will navigate about 30 meters forward through Paraitepuy Pass.
The second sol of today's plan will be in a new location after the drive.
We will use ChemCam's autonomous target selection software to pick an interesting science target for a LIBS observation and document that spot with Mastcam.
Our greatest challenge was fitting in all the fantastic science observations and drive distance required during the ~3.5 hours of Mars time available before we need to communicate back to Earth for tomorrow's planning.
Often during single-sol plans we include contact science where we use our arm instruments to take a close look at the structure and composition of a particular surface target.