John Bridges: Mars Science Laboratory Blog
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Curiosity has been drilling at Sabina as we continue our Murray formation investigations.
Meanwhile Trace Gas Orbiter has successfully been placed in orbit. The TGO will follow up the discovery of methane in the Mars’ atmosphere made by Curiosity’s SAM and Mars Express, and ground-based observations in the infrared spectrum of methane in the atmosphere.
@uniofleicester are part of the CaSSIS stereo camera on @ESA_TGO which we will use to help characterise recent surface processes.
Some data has been sent back after release from TGO by the Schiaparelli technology demonstrator lander but no signal sent back to indicate a succesful landing. Hopefully the data will be sufficient to work out what happened during descent.
This MAHLI mosaic view of Curiosity and Murray Butte no. 12 is where we have just been drilling Quela - the 14th drillhole on Mars.
This also marks the beginning of Curiosity's 2nd extended mission on Mars: 14 drill holes and 15 m driven so far...
We have got down a new self portrait of Curiosity from MAHLI. This shows the Murray Butte number 12 - where we have just been drilling - in the ChemCam mirror. The drill (succesful at second attempt) is at Quela. You can see how red and oxidised the tailings are, suggesting changing environmental conditions as we progress through the Mt. Sharp foothills.
We are heading toward a new drill site at the base of one the the buttes. These are the landforms that dominate the landscape at this point in the traverse - The Murray Buttes.These are formed by a cap of hard aeolian rock that has been partially eroded back, overlying the Murray mudstone.