John Bridges: Mars Science Laboratory Blog
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Here is the latest, spectacular MAHLI selfie, made from a mosaic of the microscope imager pictures in January shortly befroe we drilled Mojave2. The yellow place names are where we have drilled, including yestersol at Telegraph_Peak.
Our next drill target is Telegraph_Peak. The Pahrump campaign is the most extensive so far, though this is the last planned drill hole The image below is an example of the Navigation Camera mosaic used in planning, with names and numbers of various targets including Telegraph_Peak.
Now that we have finished drilling and analysing by APXS and ChemCam the Mojave2 drill tailings at Pahrump we have driven on or 'bumped' as we say to another target with a different composition determined on an earlier pass around Pahrump.
The documentation of the Curiosity tools continues . This MastCam image shows how the sieve and scoop have still got a small amount of the Mojave2 drill powder within them. Sieving the drilled material makes sure no large lumps get into the XRD CheMin or mass spectrometer SAM. The scoop and sieve close together, then are rotated and the tailings fall through the sieve by gravity before being dropped into the solid inlets on the main body of the rover.
Now that our first Pahrump drill is completed one of the things we do is check the CheMIn inlet (which is in the top right of the NavCam image) to check for any debris, blockages etc. This check is fine after the Mojave drill, though you can see that we are gradually accumulating dust on the surface of the rover.
Now we are choosing the next drill site in the Pahrump area.