John Bridges: Mars Science Laboratory Blog
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Here is MAHLI's selfie of Curiosity at work on the Hebron part of the Namib dune. Its a mosaic of 57 images. We have scuffed the sand with a rover wheel to get fresh surfaces for this weekend's ChemCam analyses and MastCam images. Sand deposits are a great way of getting an average composition of Gale Crater.
Here is a MastCam image of the scoop taken from the Namib dune. This was taken just prior to closing the scoop and sieving taking place as the turret of the robotic arm was rotated. Following that the material was dropped into the SAM and CheMin solid inlets.
This HiRISE image taken from Mars Reconaissance Orbiter shows Curiosity in its current position at the margin of the steep slope of the Bagnold dunes.
The MSL team is taking a break from operations for a few days. We have dumped the Greenhorn drill tailings and are progressing on the Bagnold Dunes campaign. In this MastCam image you can see how grains have run down the steep sides of the dunes.