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#1    Waspie_Dwarf

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Posted 22 October 2012 - 08:00 PM

Curiosity Rover Collects Fourth Scoop of Martian Soil



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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam)<br />
instrument on NASA's Mars rover<br />
Curiosity used its laser and<br />
spectrometers to examine what<br />
chemical elements are in a drift<br />
of Martian sand during the mission's<br />
74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20,<br />
2012).<br />
<br />
This pair of images from ChemCam's<br />
remote micro-imager shows the target,<br />
called "Crestaurum," before and after<br />
it was zapped 30 times by the<br />
instrument's laser. The dark pit<br />
created by the repeated laser hits is<br />
about one-eighth of an inch (3 millimeters)<br />
across. Crestaurum is within the "Rocknest"<br />
patch of windblown dust and sand. It was<br />
selected as a target surfaced with fine-<br />
grain sand. The distance to the target from<br />
the ChemCam instrument at the top of<br />
Curiosity's mast was 8 feet and 10 inches<br />
(2.7 meters).<br />
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/<br />
IRAP/LPGN/CNRS  <br />
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The Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam)
instrument on NASA's Mars rover
Curiosity used its laser and
spectrometers to examine what
chemical elements are in a drift
of Martian sand during the mission's
74th Martian day, or sol (Oct. 20,
2012).

This pair of images from ChemCam's
remote micro-imager shows the target,
called "Crestaurum," before and after
it was zapped 30 times by the
instrument's laser. The dark pit
created by the repeated laser hits is
about one-eighth of an inch (3 millimeters)
across. Crestaurum is within the "Rocknest"
patch of windblown dust and sand. It was
selected as a target surfaced with fine-
grain sand. The distance to the target from
the ChemCam instrument at the top of
Curiosity's mast was 8 feet and 10 inches
(2.7 meters).
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/
IRAP/LPGN/CNRS  
Larger view
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity shook a scoopful of dusty sand inside its sample-handling mechanism on Sol 75 (Oct. 21, 2012) as the third scrubbing of interior surfaces of the mechanism. The rover team is instructing the rover to deliver a sieved sample from this scoopful -- the mission's fourth -- onto Curiosity's observation tray on Oct. 22 and plans to analyze another sample from the same scoopful with the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument this week.

Curiosity collected this fourth scoop of soil on Sol 74 (Oct. 20). A later scoop will become the first delivered to the Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument. While continuing with scooping activities at the "Rocknest" site, the rover also has been examining surroundings with the Chemistry and Camera (ChemCam) and Mast Camera (Mastcam) instruments, and monitoring environmental conditions with the Radiation Assessment Detector (RAD), Rover Environmental Monitoring Station (REMS) and Dynamic Albedo of Neutrons (DAN) instruments of its science payload.

Sol 75, in Mars local mean solar time at Gale Crater, ended at 8:58 a.m. Oct. 22, PDT (11:58 a.m., EDT).


Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 02:28 AM

A Great image from Curiosity !

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 09:54 AM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 25 October 2012 - 02:28 AM, said:

A Great image from Curiosity !
No it isn't.

That image was taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Source: Space.com

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Posted 27 October 2012 - 01:29 AM

YEah it was a slip of the finger ! :clap:  But We will get some shots from Curiosity that will make us all think !

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Posted 28 October 2012 - 08:57 AM

View PostDONTEATUS, on 27 October 2012 - 01:29 AM, said:

YEah it was a slip of the finger ! :clap:  But We will get some shots from Curiosity that will make us all think !
Not if it involves explanations that dont fit in with our head in the sand attitude.  Anything that slightly resembles anything other than dirt or rocks will be quickly hidden and forgotten.
Woops... maybe I'm in for another Waspy-Dwarf bashing !!!! yikes !!!


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Posted 28 October 2012 - 09:11 AM

View PostZeta Reticulum, on 28 October 2012 - 08:57 AM, said:

Woops... maybe I'm in for another Waspy-Dwarf bashing !!!! yikes !!!

You don't need a bashing from me, you are doing a good job of making yourself look foolish without anyone else helping.

You do realise that Curiosity is still being commissioned and hasn't started it's science phase yet don't you?

Sorry, silly question, you've already demonstrated a total lack of knowledge about Curiosity in previous posts, why should this be different?


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