NASA's Mars Exploration Program (Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS)
Sol 1463: Selfie at Murray Buttes
This panorama combines 89 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 1463 of Curiosity's work on Mars (September 17, 2016).
After doing the drill diagnostics, the team has decided to try drilling at Quela again over the weekend. Sol 1463 will start with ChemCam of some pebbles called “Omusati” and some veins called “Didimbo”. Mastcam will document both targets, and then do a tau measurement to determine how much dust is in the atmosphere. After that, the rover will use MAHLI to take a selfie at our current scenic location. In the afternoon on Sol 1463, Navcam will take some images to help with targeting, and Mastcam and Navcam will continue the photometry experiment from yesterday’s plan. Mastcam also has a change detection observation and Navcam will watch for clouds overhead. We will wrap up the busy day with MAHLI of the pebbles at “Ombomboli”.
By Ryan Anderson
Ryan is a planetary scientist at the USGS Astrogeology Science Center and a member of the ChemCam team on MSL.
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