After 4.5 years, 16.2 km of driving and 1679 martian days (sols) the Curiosity Rover has reached the point here we are starting to leave the Bagnold dunes in Gale Crater. We have driven parallel to these basaltic dunes for the first part of the mission then cut through them at the Bagnold crossing. The next big milestone will be Hematite Ridge (now renamed Vera Rubin Ridge after the famous astronomer who predicted dark matter) in the lower slopes of Aeolis Mons (Mt. Sharp). Hematite has been predicted from orbital, near infrared spectroscopy and hints at a change in palaeoenvironmental conditions from the reducing groundwater recorded in the mudstone to a near-surface weathering environment.
27th April 2017 Sol 1679
Posted by jbridges in Mars Science Laboratory Blog on April 27, 2017
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This blog is a record of my experiences and work during the Mars Science Laboratory mission, from the preparation, landing on August 5th 2012 Pacific Time, and onwards... I will also post updates about our other Mars work on meteorites, ExoMars and new missions. You can also follow the planetary science activities with @LeicsPlanets Professor John Bridges, School of Physics and Astronomy