Exploration of Cape York - Vol 4 - Page 13

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hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 8, 2012 2:39 PM 

The plan for today ( sol 3006 ):

4. What EDRs did we request?

Expected EDRs by sequence number and image type:

Sol Seq.Ver ETH ESF EDN EFF ERP Tot Description
----- -------- --- --- --- --- --- ---- -----------
03006 p1110.02 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_mi_1024x1024x1bpp_pri56
03006 p1121.03 2 0 2 0 0 4 fhaz_idd_apxs_doc_512x512x1bpp_pri56
03006 p1154.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_hazcam_idd_unstow_doc
03006 p2111.06 13 13 0 0 2 28 pancam_cal_targ_L234567Rall
03006 p2531.30 13 13 0 0 2 28 pancam_Grasberg_L234567Rall
03006 p2601.05 4 2 0 0 2 8 pancam_tau_L78R48
03006 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03006 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03006 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03006 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03006 Total 40 28 2 8 6 84

A few more MI's and should be able to colorize the Grasberg RAT "soon".

Mizar


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PostPosted: July 8, 2012 4:22 PM 

A symmetrical complicated shaped feature it is!

Mizar


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PostPosted: July 8, 2012 4:25 PM 

I talked about reply 240

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 8, 2012 5:45 PM 

Some large berries around here.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 9, 2012 12:56 PM 

sol 3001-3006 changes animation:

You must view the original size to see the animation.


Here are all the change animations.

And here is a sol 3001 colorized 3D of the same area:

I will not do the others because JPL planners are poopey-heads and refuse to photograph matching shadows - even if it is dead simple to do.

OK, now that you have studied the animations for several hours - what do you see?

What I see after performing the mental gymnastics required to filter out shadow differences ( Booo! BOOO!! ) is a disappearance of the white material in the deepest crevices of the rock.

SO, what white material disappears on Mars a few days after being exposed to the air? Anyone? Anyone?

( Can anyone tell that I am a little annoyed today? )

LWS


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PostPosted: July 9, 2012 2:25 PM 

Hort;

I can almost rest my case. Assuming that there was no additional disturbance of the RAT hole between 3001 and 3006 by the rover. The changes again suggest that there were significant growth type movements and enlargements of the very small SOD spheres during that time.

It seems that significant changes occur on ratted surfaces after quite shord periods. The question is to what should such changes be attributed.

Winston

LWS


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PostPosted: July 9, 2012 3:50 PM 

I forgot to add above.

ICE

Winston

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 9, 2012 5:22 PM 

This is remarkable. Veins of ice encased (possibly for billions of years) within what seems to be a very solid non-porous rock, just now released, like a genie in a bottle, by the RAT on the Oppy rover. If we only had the instruments to examine that ice in detail...

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PostPosted: July 9, 2012 9:21 PM 

Barsoomer;

If there is a water cycle, and lots of evidence points to it, that ice might have been there for weeks or months, or even billions of years. It could have been replenished as needed through the cracks in the rock itself and the seeming surficial tunnels that are evident in the pancam images and indeed in the brushed surfaces also.

The rugged conformation of the subsurface ratted area also seems to suggest some connection with the surface and perhaps biochemical activity (redox reactions) just under the the surface.

If it is ice, and it looks like it is, and the Scientists have the tools to indirectly infer water from the VNIR spectra, it could be a major find that could add some more weight to the Water cycle story as well as the possibility of endolythic microbial life just under the surface of this rock.

I note that they have done a 13 filter campaign on the rock. I bet there will be a lot of papers written on just those spectra and their implications alone.

If only the MER team would just settle down and forget ancient geology for a little while and follow the leads to a possible diurnal water cycle (and its relatively easy to do, especially with the macro signs here of that water cycle) they would ensure that Oppy will live in history as the most productive mission ever carried out on Mars.

Winston

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PostPosted: July 10, 2012 10:48 AM 

Looks like today ( sol 3008 ) is a driving day:


4. What EDRs did we request?

Expected EDRs by sequence number and image type:

Sol Seq.Ver ETH ESF EDN EFF ERP Tot Description
----- -------- --- --- --- --- --- ---- -----------
03008 p1154.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_hazcam_idd_unstow_doc
03008 p1165.00 1 1 0 0 0 2 flhaz_IDD_check_subframe_2bpp_pri_41
03008 p1201.07 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_penultimate_1bpp_pri17
03008 p1212.09 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_ultimate_2_bpp_pri15
03008 p1254.02 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_fault_pri15_4bpp
03008 p1301.06 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_penultimate_1bpp_pri17
03008 p1312.07 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_ultimate_2_bpp_pri15
03008 p1354.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_fault_pri15_4bpp
03008 p1977.24 20 0 0 20 0 40 navcam_10x1_az_0_3_bpp
03008 p1978.13 2 0 0 2 0 4 navcam_1x1_siteframe_1_bpp
03008 p2372.30 8 0 0 8 2 18 pancam_drive_direction_4x1_L2R2
03008 p2601.05 4 2 0 0 2 8 pancam_tau_L78R48
03008 Total 49 3 0 44 4 100

Long or short drive? My guess is long - based on the 360 pan after the drive.

Apparently the Grasberg is not greener - and the green was not grassier.

OK boys, back on the bus.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 10, 2012 5:22 PM 

sol 2981 ( Jun 13, 2012 ) 4x1 R2 pan of Cape York:

The "summit" towers 3 meters above the Meridiani Plain. I still think the summit should have been visible during the last kilometer of travel to Endeavour.

Here is what was happening last year about this time...

I wonder what wonders Oppy ( and hopefully Curiosity ) will see in the next year?

sol 3002 ( Jul 4, 2012 ) L257R0 of rock Cortez:

This was a full filter sequence - but only L257 are posted - so I decided to use the right navcam image of the rock for the 3D. I will redo when ( if? ) all the images are available.

The major ledges are filled with minor layers. Maybe 150,000 years for the minor levels and 1.5 million for the major layers??

Any other time frames?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 10, 2012 8:07 PM 

I think the minor layers might be festoons, which would indicate past water activity. Also, the hollows in the rock look like water may have pooled there. The stained and eroded sides of the neighboring rock may likewise be indicative of water.

The soil around the rocks looks like it has the semi-transparent filling that we have seen before in micro-channels. The channel below Cortez seems to have a sub-channel carved within it.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 11, 2012 1:07 AM 

sol 3008 ( Jul 10, 2012 ) 3x1 L0 of north end of Cape York after 25 meter move:

The drive index advanced from BRQT to BRTZ for a guestimated 25 meter move.

Oppy is about 4 meters from the small 3 meter crater at the very northern end of the cape.

More tomorrow.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 11, 2012 8:51 AM 

sol 3008 ( Jul 10, 2012 ) 3x1 L0 in the next drive direction:

with a map location and a link to the pancan "drive direction " detail.

Well. Looks like the turnaround is here.

No venture onto the northern flood plain. No visit to whim creek.

Just a boring race down, down, down the eastern side of Cape York. Then a boring climb up, up, up the side of the next cape.

I think I will change buses at the next station.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 11, 2012 8:01 PM 

I was going to say, don't get off just yet, but the bus just "broke down" again. According to the blue board, Odyssey is back in safe mode.

dx


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PostPosted: July 12, 2012 1:07 AM 

folks>>>

Oppy Sol 3005-an image to post.

yt
dx

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PostPosted: July 12, 2012 9:11 AM 

Today ( sol 3010 ) is another driving day:

4. What EDRs did we request?

Expected EDRs by sequence number and image type:

Sol Seq.Ver ETH ESF EDN EFF ERP Tot Description
----- -------- --- --- --- --- --- ---- -----------
03010 p1201.07 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_penultimate_1bpp_pri17
03010 p1211.03 2 0 0 2 0 4 ultimate_front_haz_1_bpp_pri_15
03010 p1254.02 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_fault_pri15_4bpp
03010 p1301.06 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_penultimate_1bpp_pri17
03010 p1312.07 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_ultimate_2_bpp_pri15
03010 p1354.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 rear_haz_fault_pri15_4bpp
03010 p1975.08 10 0 0 10 0 20 navcam_5x1_az_234_3_bpp
03010 p2129.02 4 4 0 0 2 10 pancam_cal_targ_L257R2
03010 p2373.30 6 0 0 6 2 14 pancam_drive_direction_3x1_L2R2
03010 p2532.30 4 0 0 4 2 10 pancam_Mt_Goldsworthy_east_L257R2
03010 p2533.30 4 0 0 4 2 10 pancam_Mt_Goldsworthy_west_L257R2
03010 p2601.05 4 2 0 0 2 8 pancam_tau_L78R48
03010 Total 44 6 0 36 10 96

My guess is the drive will be about 60 m SSE - putting Oppy about 15 meters from "whim creek". I have no idea what the feature "Mt Goldsworthy" might be. Perhaps it is the teams running joke to name isolated rocks as "mountains" - and of course it has a "gold" reference - but this time the mine is an iron ore mine.

The MER rock guys have a funny ( funny - peculiar - not funny - ha ha ) sense of humor.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 12, 2012 12:59 PM 

While we await the results of today's drive, this sol 3006 ( Jul 8, 2012 ) infrared / visible false color animation of the Grasberg RAT may amuse you:

You must view the original size to see the animation.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 12, 2012 3:40 PM 

Interesting interview on Stu's blog site.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 12, 2012 9:47 PM 

I think Mt. Goldsworthy is the mini-notch (above?) and Whim Creek is the big notch or wedge.

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