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Mars Panorama - Curiosity rover: Martian solar day 3125
Out of this World

NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS) 


Sol 3125Switch it off and on Again…

The images for panorama obtained by the rover's 34-millimeter Mast Camera. The mosaic, which stretches about 30,000 pixels width, includes 124 images taken on Sol 3125 (May 21, 2021).


First things first, we had a few stubborn technical devices on Mars and Earth to contend with today. My planning day here on Earth started with a computer that wouldn’t react to anything just 3 minutes before I had to call in… While terrestrial computer problems are usually being solvable by switch it off and on again, recovering on Mars takes just a little longer. And back online I learned that recovering on Mars is what we have to do… The problem was a stubborn MAHLI cover. Consequently, the plan contains recovery activities to take an image of the cover. Diagnosing hiccups on Mars is not always as simple as ‘switch it off and on again,’ … but I am just a mineralogist, so I better leave that part to the engineers!

As before, if the rover finds itself on the same parking spot, the science team develops ideas what to do, and often those are building on the ideas developed in the last planning session, observations that came second in a close race to the front runner of the last plan, and new ideas from the data already received. Today was no exception, and the team managed to assemble an exciting set of observations that will tell us even more about the mineralogy and geochemistry of the location than we had hoped for.

Curiosity will perform one ChemCam active observation on the target “La Donzelle.” ChemCam is also busy with two long distance mosaics to image the fascinating landscape that the flanks of Mt Sharp offer. Mastcam is performing a 360 panorama, and targeted observations to better understand the landscape around us. On the mineralogy side, we will get a multispectral observation of the area shown in the image atop of this blog and towards the left of it. In addition, there are many atmospheric observations, with looking at the crater rim for opacity, doing a sky movie and watching out for dust devils; and the weather station is adding to these atmospheric observations, too. Inside the rover, CheMin is busy with housekeeping and data management, and DAN is getting data as well. Another busy day on Mars!


Susanne Schwenzer

Planetary Geologist at The Open University


Other panoramas of Mars by Curiosity rover:

Copyright: Andrew Bodrov
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 30000x15000
Taken: 21/05/2021
Uploaded: 26/05/2021


Tags: curiosity; rover; mars; nasa; jpl-caltech; malin space science systems; mars panorama; out_of_this_world; @tags-mars-panorama; out_of_this_world
More About Out of this World

The planet Earth has proven to be too limiting for our awesome community of panorama photographers. We're getting an increasing number of submissions that depict locations either not on Earth (like Mars, the Moon, and Outer Space in general) or do not realistically represent a geographic location on Earth (either because they have too many special effects or are computer generated) and hence don't strictly qualify for our Panoramic World project.But many of these panoramas are extremely beautiful or popular of both.So, in order to accommodate our esteemed photographers and the huge audience that they attract to 360Cities with their panoramas, we've created a new section (we call it an "area") called "Out of this World" for panoramas like these.Don't let the fact that these panoramas are being placed at the Earth's South Pole fool you - we had to put them somewhere in order not to interfere with our Panoramic World.Welcome aboard on a journey "Out of this World".

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