Astrogeology Science Center

Sol 576 Update On Curiosity From USGS Scientist Ken Herkenhoff: "thwack"

20 March 2014

The Sol 574 post-drive images show nice outcrops in front of the rover, suitable for contact science. This image shows the favored rock face for contact science at upper left. The Sol 576 plan starts with a ChemCam observation of this rock face, plus a Mastcam stereo mosaic of the outcrop. Then the arm will be deployed to "thwack" and vibrate CHIMRA to clean out any remnants of the "John Klein" sample, followed by Mastcam and RMI imaging of the CHIMRA sieve. After stowing the arm, the rover will bump about 2.7 meters toward the outcrop and take the data needed to plan contact science this weekend.