After taking a stunning selfie, Mars Curiosity rover has moved on from the ‘Marias Pass’ where it carried out extensive battery of tests and analysis.
One of the primary reasons why Curiosity rover spent quite a good amount of time in the ‘Marias Pass’ region was to look for reasons behind the unexpectedly high levels of silica and hydrogen content. The rover finished its activities in Marias Pass on August 12 and headed onward up Mount Sharp, the mission team revealed.
As of now, according to Curiosity rover mission pages, the robotic vehicle is on a local high spot that has provided mission team with a spectacular view [image embedded above] of the terrain ahead. Mission scientists reveal that there aren’t many targets in front that would be suitable for contact science and so they have only selected one target called “Ravalli” to investigate.
According to the team, there were other targets that could have been looked into, but the team decided against investigating smaller rocks as it might not be worthwhile.
ChemCam and Mastcam will observe Ravalli and a brighter rock dubbed “Sawtooth” before Mastcam acquires a 23×6 mosaic of the nice outcrops ahead. Mastcam and Navcam will look up at the sky at about the same time that the Mars Odyssey orbiter will be passing over, to compare results of observations from above and the surface. Then the arm will be deployed for contact science and the APXS placed on Ravalli for overnight integration.
Post this, ChemCam and Mastcam will observe a couple more bright blocks named “Stonewall” and “Wolsey” and then the rover will drive towards the south.