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MAHLIThe Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) on the arm of NASA’s Curiosity rover took this images of a rock called ‘Et-Then’ during Sol 82. The rock’s informal name comes from the name of an island in Great Slave Lake, Northwest Territories, Canada. MAHLI viewed the rock from a distance of about 40 cm (15.8 in) and covers an area about 24 cm by 18 cm (9.5 in by 7 in). Et-Then is located near the rover’s front left wheel, where the rover has been stationed while scooping soil at the site called Rocknest.

NASA’s Mars Rover Curiosity on Sol 82 (29 October) used its Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) to photograph the diverse rocks in the ‘Rocknest’ area and prepared for an overnight analysis of a soil sample by the Chemistry and Mineralogy (CheMin) instrument.

On the preceding sol, the rover completed its third round of using vibration of scooped Martian soil to scrub the interior surfaces of the sample-processing mechanisms on the rover’s arm. Also on Sol 81, the rover’s Sample Analysis at Mars (SAM) instrument completed an analysis of a sample of Martian atmosphere.

The rover continues regular monitoring of the surrounding environment using the other instruments of its science payload.

See: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/msl or http://www.nasa.gov/mars

The Editor (Spaceflight)

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