Sol 1611: Patch Mountain15 February 2017
MSL drove almost 27 meters on Sol 1610 to a location with several
potential targets, so the planning team spent some time discussing
priorities. A dark patch of bedrock, appropriately named "Patch
Mountain" was chosen for ChemCam, Right Mastcam, and MAHLI
observations. The MAHLI imaging was moved after the ChemCam observation
so that the LIBS impact spots would be visible. An additional MAHLI
image was added to the standard full suite, to provide a 3-image mosaic
from 5 cm. Then the rover will drive again, and take images afterward
to enable planning more activities on Sol 1612. Just before sunset,
Navcam will search for dust devils and REMS will complete the second
part of their flight software update.
by Ken Herkenhoff
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 status.