Sol 2116: Driving back to Sgurr of Eigg
19 July 2018
The Sol 2115 wheel imaging went well, and we received the images needed to plan a drive
back to "Sgurr of Eigg," near the Sol 1999 rover
position. The >50-meter drive dominates the Sol 2116 plan, but
leaves time for continued atmospheric and other scientific
observations. Before the drive, Right Mastcam will image the ChemCam
target selected by AEGIS on Sol 2115 and Navcam will monitor the
opacity of the atmosphere. After the drive and the standard post-drive
imaging needed to plan weekend activities, Mastcam will measure the
atmospheric opacity and ChemCam will observe another
target selected by AEGIS. Early in the morning of Sol 2117, Mastcam
and Navcam will again monitor opacity, and Navcam will look for clouds
overhead and near the horizon to measure wind velocity.
Earth and Mars are getting closer to each other this month, and by
the end of this month Mars will be closer to Earth than it has been
since 2003! Mars is visible low in the southeast
after evening twilight.
If you have a good telescope, you can monitor the progress of the
global dust storm that is being intensely studied
from spacecraft orbiting Mars as well as by MSL.
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.