Rover Curiosity chose for his first goal of the manipulator is a stone the size of a soccer ball and having the shape of a pyramid. Stone has about 25 cm in height and 40 cm in width. The machine is approximately 2.5 m from Boulder and somewhere midway on the helideck named Bradbury to the terrain called Glenelg. In the coming days, operators will give the command to touch the stone spectrometer and do close-up photography.
Cobblestone was named in honor of Jake Mateevika, responsible for operations on the surface in the Mars Science Laboratory, the brainchild of which became a Curiosity. The researcher died on 20 August, at the age of 64 years. Mateevik serviced by all previous Mars Rover: NASA‘S Sojourner, Spirit and Opportunity.
To get to the stone, the Rover spent six days on the road, passing along the 22-37 m per day.
In Glenelg first Rover will try to analyze the powder left from drilling. Here are three types of terrain are crossed, and one of them is lighter and stronger is speckled with craters, which now moves to the Curiosity. The bright region is of particular interest because it saves the day all night warmth.
“The closer the light area, the better are the thin dark bands of unknown origin, said the Mars Science Laboratory project officer John Grotcinger from the California Institute of technology (United States).
But mast camera Curiosity not only looks down. Rover photographed traversing the Martian Moons Phobos and Deimos on the solar disc. It is part of a long-term investigation of changes the orbits of satellites. Similar velie observing Mars Rover Spirit and Opportunity landed on the red planet in the year 2004.
“The orbit of Phobos is very slowly coming to Mars, Deimos moves farther,” said Mark Lemmon of Texas A & M University in the calculations of the movement remains uncertain, because the internal structure of Mars is not known. In addition, Phobos leads to small changes in the form of the red planet (in a similar way the Moon causes tides on Earth), and these changes in turn affect the orbit of the satellite.