This Navigation camera image gives feel for the slopes of Aeolis Mons that we are climbing now. Daily drives often now ascend ~2 m and we have more battery recharging days.
We are just a few drives from Vera Rubin Ridge (VRR) where we will test the ‘ground truth’ for the orbital identification of the iron oxide hematite. For the next few days and once we are at VRR we will be taking ChemCam and other data to check compositional changes. One hypothesis we have been working on is that VRR may have been exposed to near surface conditions with the flow of large amounts of oxidising groundwater.