Sols 1899-1901: SAM Evolved Gas Analysis
8 December 2017
The plan for this weekend is to finish up the investigation of Vera Rubin Ridge stop #9 and drive toward the next stop.
On Sol 1899, Mastcam will acquire multispectral observations of
possibly hematite-rich outcrops at "Farr" and the Sol 1897 contact
science target "Wick." Both ChemCam and the Right Mastcam will observe
"Muck," another Sol 1897 contact science target, and new rock targets
named "Gala" and "Lagavulin." Mastcam will also take standard color
images of interesting blocks named "Moffat" and "Cape Wrath." Then more
of the Ogunquit Beach sample will be dropped into SAM for an overnight
evolved gas analysis on Sols 1900 and 1901. The goal is to measure the
amounts of various noble gases in the sample in order to determine when
the minerals in the sand were formed.
before sunrise on Sol 1900, ChemCam will again attempt to detect frost
on the "Sandwick" soil target that was observed during the day on Sol
1898. Navcam will search for clouds above the rover just after sunrise,
then only REMS measurements and a few engineering activities are
planned before the SAM solid sample analysis, which requires a
significant amount of power.
The drive is scheduled for
Sol 1901, followed by the usual post-drive imaging to enable more
contact science in the next plan. Finally, the AEGIS software will be
used to autonomously select an outcrop target and observe it with
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.