Виталий Егоров (Vitaliy Egorov) is a journalist, enthusiast and popular writer about space research. He is the founder of the largest community devoted to MSL Curiosity on Vkontakte (Russian Facebook). He participates on unmannedspaceflight.com as Zelenyikot.
On Sunday, the shadow of the Moon passed across Africa and the Atlantic Ocean. This was the last solar eclipse of the year. The Elektro-L satellite was able to observe the eclipse, and we can see the darkness of the lunar shadow covering Africa.
Six months ago, I wrote about the Russian weather satellite Elektro-L, which has more than two years of successful experience in the geostationary orbit. Then I promised that I would be here to share the materials that we collected. I think it's time to deliver on the promise.
While parked about 4 meters away from Kimberley, Curiosity performed a ChemCam analysis of a part of the "striated unit," which included six overlapping images shot through its telescope. The photos (which have been colorized using a lower-resolution Mastcam image) reveal thin and thick beds as well as a knobby texture that may represent concretions in the rock or granules or pebbles embedded within the rock.
Curiosity used the ChemCam Remote Micro-Imager (RMI) on sol 507 as a telescope to look at detail in the distant foothills of Mount Sharp. The image has been colorized with a lower-resolution Mastcam image.