NASA's Mars Curiosity Rover Martian Solar Day 2687: The Tail End of the Hutton Drill Campaign
This panorama combines 85 exposures taken by the rover's Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) during the Sol 2687 of Curiosity's work on Mars (February 27, 2020)
We’re wrapping up our Hutton drill campaign literally at the tail end. Specifically, today’s plan focused on studying those drill “tailings”. This phase of the drill campaign helps compare the SAM and CheMin laboratory analyses with the data from our remote sensing instruments of the same material from the drill hole. It’s always interesting to see that Mars’ red color is sometimes literally only skin-deep and underneath can be much more of a lunar gray.
We also packed in a few additional observations of some nearby rock targets, including an intriguing fin-like structure sticking out of the ground nearby called “Dunbartonshire.” We’ll look at it also with MAHLI and APXS on the second night of our 2-sol plan. ENV included a dust devil movie, but has been unable to do much additional long-distance imaging work at our current location due to the cliff surrounding us on three sides blocking our view in most directions.
Written by Scott Guzewich
Atmospheric Scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
The story behind Curiosity's self-portraits on Mars: https://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakdawalla/2015/08191059-curiosity-self-portrait-history-belly-pan.html
NASA's Mars Exploration Program
Source images credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech / MSSS
Stitching and retouching: Andrew Bodrov / 360pano.eu (https://tinyurl.com/sol2687)
Music in this video
Song: Phase Transition
Artists: Dreamstate Logic (http://www.dreamstatelogic.com)
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