Curiosity Blog | Sols 3078-3080: A Sandy Stop Near ‘Mont Mercou’

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Curiosity is continuing to make her way around ‘Mont Mercou’ to capture as many angles as possible of the 7-m-tall sedimentary outcrop.


Image taken by Front Hazcam onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity sol 3076

This image was taken by Front Hazard Avoidance Camera (Front Hazcam) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 3076 (2021-04-01 19:58:55 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Today the rover stopped at a patch of sand (shown in the image above), so the science team divided our focus between the sand at our feet and the outcrop towering above us. 

The plan includes many images of Mont Mercou. There are several Mastcam mosaics that cover the outcrop, including some stereo observations. There is also a ChemCam RMI, called “Montpeyroux,” of interesting sedimentary structures that are visible from this side of the outcrop.

The plan also focuses on the sand that is in the rover’s workspace. There are two contact science targets: “Scoor” on a ripple crest and “Garve” on a trough. Mastcam and MAHLI will each take images of these targets, while APXS will focus on Garve.

by Kristen Bennett