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The Top of Vera Rubin Ridge Part 2, Site 67-, sol 1944-, 24 Jan 2018-
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post Aug 11 2018, 02:03 AM
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Animation assembled from 3 FL-HazCam frames from Sols 2135, 36 and 37.

The Sol 2135 frame was acquired before drilling Stoer, 36 and 37 are both post drilling.

We can see the sand on the surface of the rocks on sol 2136 has been moved by the drilling process. However the sol 2137 image shows that much of that disturbed sand has been redistributed by the wind between 2136 and 2137. Lets hope the wind is not going to be a serious threat to the transfer of material to the onboard instruments. Maybe they can pick a time of day that is normally less windy to perform the transfer? smile.gif NB Credit to this observation belongs to @LarsTheWanderer over on Twitter.

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A new full deck MastCam Left panorama is coming! (caption from Midnight Planets)

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Sol 2138: Looks like Curiosity may have captured a sequence of powdered rock sample drops from the drill sleeve to the ground with its L-MastCam. I cropped the upper right corner of the frames back to 800x800 to assemble this 4 frame GIF. If these were sample drops, it confirms sample acquisition which is great news smile.gif
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Curi used its micro imager to acquire a close-up of this interesting little oddity that features in the middle of the arm workspace on Sol 2139, it can be seen in colour on the animation in the previous post. Not sure if they zapped it as there is only one image, LIBS targets normally have two images (before & after LIBS) Maybe they will use MAHLI after they finish transferring the sample to the instruments smile.gif
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