Mastcam will acquire a large mosaic covering the blocks around the rover to get a detailed look at the structures and alteration features in the bedrock, in addition to imaging two other bedrock blocks, “Quothquan” and “Elishader,” that each exhibit interesting textures. The Curiosity rover has tools to study clues about past and present environmental conditions on Mars, including whether conditions have ever been favorable for microbial life. "Our science team is excited to figure out how they formed and what they mean for the ancient environment within Gale," said Curiosity's project scientist, Ashwin Vasavada of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, which built and manages the rover. Toward the center of the panorama is the floor of Gale Crater, the 96-mile-wide (154 kilometer-wide) bowl that Mount Sharp sits within. This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2977. I'm always eager when new data come down, and the images we've collected here as a video are a real treat. Both early morning and near midday, Navcam and Mastcam will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere, and Navcam will shoot dust devil movies. Stéphane Le Mouélic, Remote Sensing specialist at LPG/CNRS, Nantes, France. You can be assured our editors closely monitor every feedback sent and will take appropriate actions. Yesterday, Curiosity imaged a coarser grained, darker ripple crest (“Airor”) and a finer grained, redder trough area (“Ratharsair”) with MAHLI, and investigated the composition of the trough target with APXS. ChemCam will shoot representative bedrock at “Buness,” bedrock and a prominent white vein at “Aithsting,” and a small sand ripple among the bedrock blocks at “Trodra.” These analyses will help us keep track of how rock and sand chemistry change as we approach the “Sands of Forvie” sand sheet that looms just off in the distance of the above image. In order to look for motion of sand grains, Mastcam and MARDI change detection images will be taken at approximately the same time of day as they have been in the previous few plans. So RMI complements other cameras quite nicely, thanks to its very long focal length. Afterwards, the rover will take Mastcam images for ripple change detection, a clast survey, a MARDI image, and a Navcam dust devil survey. You can unsubscribe at any time and we'll never share your details to third parties. Right before the holiday break, Curiosity had been making her way across rubbly terrain towards a set of large sand ripples located within the Sands of Forvie. We have not moved since our last plan, to allow us to determine the geochemical composition of some small, resistant, nodular features (“An Dun”) in this workspace, shown in the image above. The star of today’s 3-sol plan is a scuff where we will use the rover’s wheel to cut across one of the large ripples in the Sands of Forvie and allow us to observe its interior structure. This document is subject to copyright. As of August 6, 2019 (sol 2488), Curiosity has driven 21,318.5 meters over a variety of terrain types and slopes, employing multiple drive modes with varying amounts of onboard autonomy. Download image ›. Can distance in space be measured by human systems? Wishing health and happiness to everyone in this holiday season, and we’ll see you again in 2021! And in the rover’s first plan of 2021, MAHLI’s imaging capabilities took center stage. This image was taken by Right Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2997. A chronological compilation of mission updates since the successful landing of the Mars exploration rover Curiosity. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity is the largest and most capable rover ever sent to Mars. The rest of the observations Curiosity acquires will be pointed skyward. We also planned ChemCam LIBS measurements and accompanying Mastcam documentation imaging of the “Kames Bay” sand target. This should allow us to compare the composition of the surface of the sand sheet with the subsurface, perhaps providing further insights into eolian processes. The team is excited to be ringing in the new year at this interesting – and sandy – spot, and we are looking forward to exploring many more new terrains in 2021 as we continue our traverse up Mount Sharp. Most of those sols contain only REMS weather and RAD radiation monitoring activities, as these regular measurements are easy to plan and relatively low risk to the rover operating for many sols without the team checking in regularly. Today, we planned 3 more sols that will happen at the end of that mega-plan. Interestingly, on sol 2995, we'll turn the rover in place to re-scuff a ripple to provide a three dimensional view into how the sand grains built up over time. NASA’s Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th Day on Mars Jan 12, 2021 This panorama, made up of 122 individual images stitched together, was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on November 18, 2020, the 2,946th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Standard REMS, RAD, DAN passive and active measurements will also be acquired. These will facilitate detailed analysis of grain size, shape and colour. Curiosity was launched from Cape Canaveral on November 26, 2011, at 15:02 UTC and landed on Aeolis Palus inside Gale on Mars on August 6, 2012, 05:17 UTC. When wind blows sand around, it naturally sorts it based on properties such as particle size, so close-up images of sand grains on different parts of a ripple can provide a means to study natural sorting processes and the winds controlling them. 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ChemCam will shoot representative bedrock at “Buness,” bedrock and a prominent white vein at “Aithsting,” and a small sand ripple among the bedrock blocks at “Trodra.” These analyses will help us keep track of how rock and sand chemistry change as we approach the “Sands of Forvie” sand sheet that looms just off in the distance of the above image. From July to October of 2020, Curiosity stayed parked at the same place to perform various rock sampling analyses. Full image and caption › These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public. This is a remarkable piece of software that allows for ChemCam to automatically identify targets of interest and acquire data without the need for human involvement. Download image › We made it. Click here to sign in with We do not guarantee individual replies due to extremely high volume of correspondence. As of October 23, 2020, Curiosity has been on the planet Mars for 2920 sols (3000 total days; 8 years, 78 days) since landing on August 5, 2012. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Geologists were intrigued to see a series of rock "benches" in the most recent panorama from the mission. As she snapped a dramatic new self portrait backdropped by alien scenery from the Red Planet . ChemCam will acquire two autonomously-targeted rasters off to the starboard side of the rover. When does the perspective from the cockpit of a spaceship change? Download image ›. Download image ›. The rover team brought Curiosity out of safe mode on July 9. Full image and caption ›. This image was taken by Front Hazard Avoidance Camera (Front Hazcam) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2999. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Your opinions are important to us. After completing our observation, we’ll pack up and hit the road once more, driving more than 60 meters back to our strategic route and onwards to the sulfate unit! ChemCam is analyzing three bedrock targets in this workspace, “Corserine,” “Pundsar,” and “Tjorn,” all of which will also be documented by Mastcam images. part may be reproduced without the written permission. MAHLI image, taken from 25 cm standoff, showing the nodular target “An Dun” in the centre of the image. CURIOSITY NEWS | January 12, 2021 NASA's Curiosity Rover Reaches Its 3,000th Day on Mars Curiosity's View of 'Benches' on Mars: This panorama, made up of 122 individual images stitched together, was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Nov. 18, 2020, the 2,946th Martian day, or sol, of the mission.Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. DAN will search for hydrogen in the subsurface under the rover in active mode right after the drive, and in passive mode later during our beach stay. NASA's Mars Science Laboratory mission, Curiosity is the largest and most capable rover ever sent to Mars. Mastcam and MARDI will watch for wind-induced changes in the sand around and under the rover, respectively. Next, Curiosity will drive toward the Sands of Forvie, where she will spend the majority of the holiday. It’s been an exciting 3,000 sols so far, and I look forward to seeing what else we’ll discover as Curiosity continues to climb Mt. MISSION UPDATES | December 23, 2020 Sols 2989-2991: Wrapping up 2020 at the 'Sands of Forvie' Written by Abigail Fraeman, Planetary Geologist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2979. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. As the rover has continued to ascend Mount Sharp, it's found distinctive benchlike rock formations. Sharp and perform a variety of environmental science observations, including studying the composition of the atmosphere using SAM. Today’s plan covers the ten sols that span the holidays here on Earth, enabling Curiosity to keep exploring Gale crater while the scientists and engineers that guide her every move get a well-deserved break. Sharp. Three thousand sols and never a dull moment! 0 Replies 11880 Views 07/31/2012 02:22 pm by Chris Bergin: InSight Mission Updates (Post Landing) Started by Chris Bergin « 1 2 3... 12 Next » 236 Replies 64997 Views 01/09/2021 09:51 pm by … On Monday we made a mega, 10-sol plan to cover the holiday period, and the drive that took Curiosity to the edge of the sand sheet was in the first sol of that plan. This panorama, made up of 122 individual images stitched together, was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover on Nov. 18, 2020, the 2,946th Martian day, or sol, of the mission. Today, unfortunately, was one of those days. In addition to contact science and driving, Curiosity will be busy monitoring environmental conditions, from dust in the atmosphere to capturing images of active dust devils. NASA's Mars rover Curiosity acquired this image using its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI), located on the turret at the end of the rover's robotic arm, on January 2, 2021, Sol 2989 of the Mars Science Laboratory Mission. These features all highlight Gale crater’s complex geologic history. A quick introduction, since I'm not a regular author of Curiosity's blog: since the rover's landing, I’ve been involved in the processing of ChemCam’s images at France's University of Nantes. Tour the Spacecraft Assembly Facility at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and see the Mars 2020 mission under construction. After the scuff, we planned to retrace our steps and get in position to study some rocks we’d seen from our previous sol 2977 parking location. The rest of the observations Curiosity acquires will be pointed skyward. RMI was originally designed to document the tiny areas analyzed by ChemCam’s laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technique on rocks only a few meters from the rover. As 2020 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to reflect on everything Curiosity has accomplished this (Earth) year. Finally, we completed collection of our fourth full meteorological record of Mars when we celebrated our fourth Martian year on the surface. Next, Curiosity will drive toward the Sands of Forvie, where she will spend the majority of the holiday. But then he learned more about the Mars 2020 mission and was intrigued: The Mars 2020 team (the rover hadn't yet been named Perseverance) would need to preserve the architecture of Curiosity but create a new design for the rover, which would collect the first samples from another planet to be returned to Earth on a future mission. In planetary exploration, we often talk about a different kind of resolution, namely the spatial resolution of the cameras carried by a spacecraft. The ripple crest, along which the “Airor” crest target is situated, to the left of the arm. Mission › Mission Updates About this Blog These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public. We made it. Leave it to a bunch of really smart scientists to plan a packed two days of science observations without having imaging data to tell us exactly where the rover is located! Thank you for taking your time to send in your valued opinion to Science X editors. 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. Your feedback will go directly to Science X editors. The Curiosity rover has a large suite of cameras with a range of spatial resolutions, one of which is the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) camera. Your email address is used only to let the recipient know who sent the email. A division of Caltech, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the Mars Science Laboratory mission for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington and built the Curiosity rover. ChemCam will acquire two autonomously-targeted rasters off to the starboard side of the rover. Knowing that Mars was habitable, the question … Finally, we’ll take some long distance RMI mosaics looking higher up Mt. These blog updates are provided by self-selected Mars Science Laboratory mission team members who love to share what Curiosity is doing with the public. A close-up MAHLI view of a ripple crest at the edge of the "Sands of Forvie." How Curiosity explores Mars. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no The latest news, images and videos from NASA's car-sized rover exploring the red planet for evidence the planet could have once supported life. We will also be acquiring two sets of calibration observations for the ChemCam instrument - one “passive” set that only uses the instrument’s point spectrometer, and one “active” set, which uses the laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) system to generate detailed chemical information. We received images of the new scuff this morning, and it gives us an even closer look into the ripple’s interior, which will help us understand its structure. Vigeans.” We’ll finish up our characterization with some multispectral observations that will tell us about the color properties of the rocks, and in addition to more targeted Mastcam mosaics to observe other features in the area in color at high resolution. NASA's Curiosity Mars rover is resuming full operations today, following work by engineers to investigate why the rover put itself into a safe standby mode on July 2. This indicates that despite the dust in the atmosphere, which varies significantly across seasons, the sky at this time was clear enough to perform such very distant imaging. MAHLI will take some further images of An Dun. Then Curiosity will drive to the north to get back into smoother terrain, followed by imaging to prepare for targeting in the next plan. But don't expect a rover this busy to stay put: Soon after capturing the new panorama, it was off for higher ground. The curved rock terraces that define the area can form when there are harder and softer layers of rock on a slope. The Perseverance rover is expected to land on Mars in … The team didn’t get all the data down that they wanted, including imaging data that we need to plan our next drive. Curiosity rover reaches its 3,000th day on Mars by Andrew Good, NASA This panorama, made up of 122 individual images stitched together, was taken by NASA's Curiosity Mars rover … In the plan today, those images will be utilized to take even closer-up, higher resolution images of the crest and trough targets with MAHLI. A close-up MAHLI view of a ripple crest at the edge of the "Sands of Forvie." In March, we climbed the Greenheugh pediment, setting mission records for steepest contact science (26.9˚) and steepest climb (32˚) along the way. On Feb. 18, NASA will attempt to land the Mars 2020 Perseverance rover on the surface of the Red Planet, and you can join the excitement with NASA's Mission to Mars Student Challenge.Classrooms, informal education groups, families, and individuals can design, build, and land their own spacecraft - just like NASA scientists and engineers do. Early and mid-morning, Navcam will acquire movies to look for clouds overhead. Sols 2999-3000: 3000 Sols of Exploration! Mount Sharp has a prominent “marker bed," a distinct single layer that can be traced almost all along its base, extending over tens of kilometers. During the turn, we'll take a mid-drive Mastcam mosaic of the new scuff area. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. The Mars Science Laboratory and its rover, Curiosity, were launched from Earth on November 26, 2011. This is exactly what we designed the software to do to make sure everything stays safe, and it means we didn’t carry out subsequent contact science or the drive over the weekend. The disturbed scuff can also be seen between the two front wheels. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam. On the second sol (day) of the plan, we will drive further onto this rubbly material. I am truly astonished by how much we’ve accomplished operating the rover from our dining room tables and makeshift home offices over the last 41 weeks, and I am so proud of this 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 status. The rover recently took a brief break from its sample collecting and analyzing to snap a selfie. The science team has been working remotely for years, but Curiosity’s engineering team at JPL went fully remote starting in March. View the latest news, images, and discoveries from the Red Planet. Started by Chris Bergin. Abstract—NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) mission landed the Curiosity rover on Mars on August 6, 2012. Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) and Mars 2020 Rover Section; Pages: [1] 2 Next Go Down. This is a good safety check, and a reminder of how we’ve made it to Sol 3,000 with a healthy rover by making good decisions and making sure we’re on stable ground! On sol 2994, ChemCam targets include "Tiroran" and "Trearne Quarry" looking at sand grain chemistry with respective Mastcam color documentation. Today we planned MAHLI and APXS observations on two rocks in our workspace, and we named the spots we observed “Nugarth” and “Kleber.” We’re also going to study the rock with the Kleber target in two additional places using ChemCam, and we named these new spots “St. We’ll also collect some ChemCam observations of two sand targets named “Corryhabbie Hill” and “Mill Loch,” and a small rock named “Fethaland.” We’ll additionally acquire MAHLI and APXS data on a ripple crest at a target named “Braewick Beach” and a different small rock in the workspace named “Ronas Hill.” These observations will be complemented by several Mastcam and RMI mosaics of the area, including a 360˚ Mastcam mosaic. Download image ›. Sols 2989-2991: Wrapping up 2020 at the 'Sands of Forvie', first use of tetramethylammonium hydroxide (TMAH), Curiosity's "Spyglass" Megamosaic of Mount Sharp, Chemistry & Mineralogy X-Ray Diffraction/X-Ray Fluorescence Instrument (CheMin), Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) Instrument Suite, Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS). It appears in this mosaic as a dark layer that marks a key change in the formation of the mountain’s slopes. Download image ›. All is well and it just means that today we have a familiar workspace and a chance to regain some of these observations before getting back on the road. Mars Science Laboratory (kurz MSL) ist eine NASA-Mission im Rahmen des Flagship-Programms, die den Mars hinsichtlich seiner aktuellen und vergangenen Eignung als Biosphäre erforscht. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1449240174198-2'); }); It's been 3,000 Martian days, or sols, since Curiosity touched down on Mars on Aug. 6, 2012, and the rover keeps making new discoveries during its gradual climb up Mount Sharp, the 3-mile-tall (5-kilometer-tall) mountain it has been exploring since 2014. DAN and REMS measurements, as well as a small set of Navcam and Mastcam observations will also allow us to probe the current environmental conditions. Curiosity is a mobile science laboratory. (See Current status View the latest news, images, and discoveries from the Red Planet. This image was taken by Left Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2979. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Both early morning and near midday, Navcam and Mastcam will measure the amount of dust in the atmosphere, and Navcam will shoot dust devil movies. NASA / NASA JPL: NASA Mars Rover Curiosity Begins Arm-Work Phase September 06, 2012 PASADENA, Calif. -- After driving more than a football field's length since landing, NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is spending several days preparing for full use of the tools on its arm. Andrew’s Square,” and “St. After a quick jaunt across the “rubbly” unit, Curiosity has reached the “Sands of Forvie” in time for the holidays. Stitched together from 122 images taken on Nov. 18, 2020, the mission's 2,946th sol, the panorama was captured by the Mast Camera, or Mastcam, which serves as the rover's main "eyes." ... As of 2020, Curiosity has driven about 22 kilometers (14 miles). Medical research advances and health news, The latest engineering, electronics and technology advances, The most comprehensive sci-tech news coverage on the web. This short drive (25 meters) will bring us closer to our next science goal – a mini-campaign on a large sand sheet called “Sands of Forvie.” We are eagerly looking forward to getting there, in time for the return to planning in the New Year. Then Mastcam will acquire a multispectral observation of “St. Download image ›. Although the nodules are not quite as large as the fort they were named after (Dun is Gaelic for “fort”), their height (7 mm) combined with morphology meant that we needed to do our due diligence and ensure that they did not pose a danger to the APXS instrument. Despite this “hiccup,” the science plan is full of some important activities. Mastcam will acquire a large mosaic covering the blocks around the rover to get a detailed look at the structures and alteration features in the bedrock, in addition to imaging two other bedrock blocks, “Quothquan” and “Elishader,” that each exhibit interesting textures. T he view from Mars on Sol 3,000 – simply spectacular !!! As the softer layers erode, the harder layers form small cliffs, leaving behind the benchlike formations. After making a pit stop at a location nicknamed "Mary Anning," it's continued toward the next major layer, called "the sulfate-bearing unit.". Today’s plan covers the ten sols that span the holidays here on Earth, enabling Curiosity to keep exploring Gale crater while the scientists and engineers that guide her every move get a well-deserved break. We also set a mission record for largest elevation change on our way back when we descended 11 meters in a single drive, which project scientist Ashwin Vasavada pointed out to me is the height of a three-story building! When stitched together, RMI mosaics reveal details of the landscape several kilometers from the rover, and provides pictures that are very complementary to orbital observations, giving a more human-like, ground-based perspective. During Curiosity’s first year on Mars, it was recognized that, thanks to its powerful optics, RMI could also go from a microscope to a telescope and play a significant role as a long-distance reconnaissance tool. On the horizon is the north crater rim. ChemCam will collect a passive spectral observation of the atmosphere, and APXS will analyze atmospheric argon. The insets show how the high resolution achieved by RMI reveals various geologic landforms, such as a field of sand ripples near Vera Rubin Ridge, and an impressive variety of layered units. In other words, the activities we planned today won’t execute on Mars until next Earth calendar year! Most of those sols contain only REMS weather and RAD radiation monitoring activities, as these regular measurements are easy to plan and relatively low risk to the rover operating for many sols without the team checking in regularly. To the right is the upper part of Mount Sharp, which has rock layers that were shaped by lakes and streams billions of years ago. The APXS will analyze the composition of the trough target in this plan, and differences in the chemistry between the trough and crest can then hopefully be linked to grain texture and eolian processes. Malin Space Science Systems in San Diego built and operates Mastcam. As seen in the image above (acquired at our current location on Sol 2989), MAHLI is able to resolve the size, shape, and color of individual grains of sand that are no larger than those you would find at a beach here on Earth. The first sol of the plan starts with surveying the bedrock and sand in the rover workspace with both ChemCam and Mastcam. Today we planned Sols 2999-3000 and it was a real reminder of how complex and rewarding this mission can be. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS. Tonight I’ll be raising a glass to Curiosity and the science and engineering teams that have gotten us this far! This image was taken by Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2974. This image was taken by Right Navigation Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2997. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Tonight I’ll be raising a glass to Curiosity and the science and engineering teams that have gotten us this far!” wrote Curiosity researcher Lauren Edgar, Planetary Geologist at USGS Astrogeology Science Center, in the mission blog . I think it’s really amazing that the rover drivers were able to place Curiosity in front of these centimeter sized objects completely autonomously AFTER scuffing the sand and then driving more than 20 m over Martian sand and rocks. The first sol of the plan starts with surveying the bedrock and sand in the rover workspace with both ChemCam and Mastcam. So while the sand and ripples that cap the Sands of Forvie evoke a beach vacation, the holiday will not be all relaxation for Curiosity. When measured using imagery from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Context Camera (CTX), these blocks are 59 kilometers from the rover – a record distance for a ChemCam/RMI observation. Curiosity is parked on a dark sand sheet investigating the composition and texture of the sand grains from different regions of the sand sheet, as well as any current motion of sand grains. Observations to monitor the environment and change detection images are also sprinkled throughout the plan. Special morning and evening change detection images were also scheduled to help us better constrain the timing and direction of the winds responsible for shaping the Sands of Forvie ripples. "Hazcam the scuff on top of a scuff," is an image taken by Front Hazard Avoidance Camera onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 2995. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech. Here on Earth, people often use the start of a new year as an opportunity to adopt new resolutions for themselves. The "Sands of Forvie" campaign continues on with further exploration of the ripples and sand disturbed by a previous wheel scuff. After a quick jaunt across the “rubbly” unit, Curiosity … Mars Science Laboratory Mission Status Report. Early and mid-morning, Navcam will acquire movies to look for clouds overhead. Accordingly, MAHLI took some images in the last plan, which were used today to refine placement over the nodules. For example, we will be acquiring four sets of ChemCam LIBS chemistry observations of the surface using the Autonomous Exploration for Gathering Increased Science, or AEGIS, targeting system. In March, we climbed the Greenheugh pediment, setting mission records for steepest contact science (26.9˚) and steepest climb (32˚) along the way. In the previous plan, Curiosity shifted slightly when we first unstowed the arm for the contact science activities. Front Hazcam image of the APXS on the “Ratharsair,” trough target after overnight analysis in the previous plan. Planetary Geologist; The Open University; Milton Keynes, U.K. Mission Operations Engineer; NASA/JPL; Pasadena, CA, Planetary Geologist; University of California Davis; Davis, CA, MSL Project Scientist; NASA/JPL; Pasadena, CA. To complete the compositional investigation, ChemCam will target An Dun the following day. The rover’s robotic arm collects soil and rock samples with a drill and scoop, and then drops them into its belly for analysis. One of our primary motivations for visiting these ripples was to acquire high-resolution MAHLI images of the sand comprising them. We will try to get APXS compositional data on an area disturbed and scuffed with the rover wheels before driving away. 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