[MCN] On Mars, robot Curiosity goes "bumping toward Missoula"

Lance Olsen lance at wildrockies.org
Tue Jun 30 19:21:42 EDT 2015

Martian Chronicles is a blog associated with the American Geophysical Union
30 JUNE 2015
Sol 1030: Bumping to Missoula

"Curiosity is still investigating the contact 
between the Pahrump and Stimson units.  Over the 
weekend, Curiosity acquired MAHLI images on a 
coarse-grained rock named "Big Arm" (above).  The 
goal today is to characterize some of the veins 
that occur above and below the contact, and then 
bump towards a target named "Missoula" to assess 
the contact at that location. 

"The plan today includes ChemCam observations of 
vein targets named "Lemhi" and "Lowary" 
corresponding to high and low targets above and 
below the contact.  We will also acquire Mastcam 
images of the vein targets using all of the 
camera filters.  After a short drive to 
reposition the rover in front of "Missoula," 
we'll take some Navcam and Mastcam images to 
prepare for contact science tomorrow.  The plan 
also includes a Navcam cloud movie to monitor the 
atmosphere.  I was the GSTL today and Ken 
Herkenhoff was the SOWG Chair, so it was a busy 
day of rover operations here at the USGS! 

-Lauren is a Research Geologist at the USGS 
Astrogeology Science Center and a member of MSL 
science team.
Dates of planned rover activities described in 
these reports are subject to change due to a 
variety of factors related to the Martian 
environment, communication relays and rover 
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suggests climate warming is favouring the 
occurrence of high magnitude torrential flood 
events in high-altitude catchments."

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Received: 21 September 2009 / Accepted: 14 November 2011

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