Sunday, August 19, 2012

First Drive and ChemCam lasering of the Curiosity Mars Rover

This image was taken by ChemCam: Remote Micro-Imager (CHEMCAM_RMI)
onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 13 (2012-08-19 11:14:22 UTC) .
Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/composite by Errol Coder

Looks like we have our first use of the ChemCam. Today, August 19, Sol 13, Curiosity did a short drive to the rock "N165" recently named Coronation. The three images show over the period of firing at a location measuring 6mm. The ChemCam fires at the rock 30 times over 20 seconds. Right now we don't have any data regard the rocks composition.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/LANL/CNES/IRA

If you want details on the drive and the rock Coronation, check out my recent episode on PlanetaryTV.

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