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Fred


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PostPosted: June 22, 2013 5:29 PM 


If truth is at Solander Point, it did.

Fred

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 23, 2013 9:39 AM 

Sol 3346 ( Jun 23, 2013 ) panorama ( HD format ) of Solander Point:

with location links.

The guestimated sol 3346 drive was about 85 meters.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 25, 2013 9:46 AM 

Sol 3348 ( Jun 25, 2013 ) panorama ( HD format ) in next drive direction towards Solander Point:

The drive index changed from C2LM to C2Y3 for a guestimated drive of 85-95 meters.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 25, 2013 3:58 PM 

Sol 3348 ( Jun 25, 2013 ) 3D false color detail on Solander Point:

with location links.

Wow, getting close enough for a pancam resolution of 0.25 meters / pixel - soon better than HiRise camera resolution!

Sol 3349 is also a driving day. The next drive should start in about 5 hours.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: June 25, 2013 11:11 PM 

Botany Bay looks like it was once underwater and may be still a little damp.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 26, 2013 8:40 AM 

Sol 3348 3349 ( Jun 25-26, 2013 ) super 3D of Solander Point:

My best guess for the sol 3349 drive is 50-75 meters. See the Flickr comment on how this guess was determined.

***Newsflash: I found a small collection of rocks about 3 meters wide in the 3348 image in the direction of travel that were parallax measured to 109 +/- 6 meters and whose angular separation increased from 1.56 to 2.03 degrees on sol 3349.

That means the drive distance was between 93 and 105 meters on sol 3349 -- assuming of course I identified the same group of rocks in both images.

Sol 3350 will be a third consecutive driving day.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 27, 2013 9:05 AM 

Uh-oh. The drive seems to have aborted during the turn towards the sol 3350 drive direction.

Sol 3350 ( Jun 27, 2013 ) panorama ( left eye ) of Solander Point:

with links to the right eye view and location.

The 3D view of the layers on Solander Point are getting quite interesting. At 200% I think I see at least 5 dark layers in the broad tilted bright band.

But maybe these areas are TOO steep to spend much time on in the winter? Or are they even accessible?

Sure hope today's problem was just a hick-up and not a heart attack.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 28, 2013 9:19 AM 

Sol 3351 ( Jun 28, 2013 ) 3D front hazcam after long drive:

The drive index changed from C302 to C3NL for a guestimated drive of 130 meters.

Guess yesterday was a hick-up.

For your amusement, here is the original image:

I had to apply a fourth root brightness transform to pull out the details of the image.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 29, 2013 2:13 PM 

Sol 3351 ( Jun 28, 2013 ) panorama ( HD format ) in next drive direction towards Solander Point:

with link to Solander Point detail.

Ah. From the 3345-3350 Update the problem that aborted the 3350 drive was a suspected arm movement. Probably the "fix" - like with any aging organism is to ignore the pain and go on.

Sol 3352 ( just completed ) was devoted to MIs and and APXS of a target named "Tawny" - probably somewhere near the center of reply 68. My guess is the rectangular rock covered with dark berries.

Sol 3353 ( just begun ) is a driving day. Here is the official sol 3349 traverse map. Not a lot of prominent features to map - so I didn't.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: June 30, 2013 10:21 AM 

Oops - or aHA?

Sol 3353 ( Jun 30, 2013 ) front hazcam 3D of rocks behind Oppy:

and in front ( rear hazcam 3D view) :

and pancam view of the rocks from 30 meters distance on sol 3351 ( Jun 28, 2013 ):

I wonder if this was a deliberate test of the arm problem. The rocks are some of the biggest around - so what better test of arm flexing than running over some big rocks.

Notice that the right front wheel ran over the biggest rock and then dropped into a small depression. If this wouldn't cause the arthritic arm elbow to be jarred then nothing would.

SO - clever planning and driving - or just bad luck?

I vote clever.

The stated intent in the last Oppy update was to test the elbow - and this is as good a test as can be imagined ( by me, anyway ) .

Finally, here is my wild-ass guestimate of Oppy's position. The next sizable crater landmarks are still a couple of long drives away.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 2, 2013 11:37 AM 

Sol 3355 ( Jul 2, 2013 ) rear hazcam 3D in next drive direction towards Solander Point:

This could be a VERY long drive. See Flickr comments for reasoning.

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PostPosted: July 2, 2013 7:29 PM 

Mars Rover Opportunity Passes Half-Way Point to Next Destination.

According to the press release image caption, the sol 3355 drive was 118 meters - with 800 meters to go to reach Solander Point!

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 3, 2013 8:23 AM 

It is now the afternoon of sol 3356 (15:12:00 ... mark.) and Oppy should be nearing the end of another drive! What I find amazing is the only full images returned at the last location after a very long drive and before today's drive was a 3D pair of rear hazcam images!

I wonder if there is a communication issue between Mars and Earth ( other than distance ) that is preventing a timely downlink of images. Both Curiosity and Oppy seem to be in a "stand down" mode right now - although Curiosity has enough time to send images of empty skies and rusty pennies from Earth.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 3, 2013 10:48 AM 

Sol 3356 ( Jul 3, 2013 ) panorama in the next drive direction after short ( 30-35 meters ) drive:

Ah, just a short drive.

LWS


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PostPosted: July 3, 2013 5:56 PM 

Hort; are the Curi penny images showing rusty or dusty surfaces? The white balanced images look as if they deserve a comparison between newly landed and current. Is there also a hint of a newly developing stain (position on the edge at about 11 'O clock)

Winston

Kevin


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PostPosted: July 4, 2013 5:39 AM 

Picked this up on Twitter this morning:

https://twitter.com/TamithaSkov/status/352581011109986306/photo/1

Satellites maybe in safe mode?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: July 5, 2013 3:11 PM 

Layered crumbly dash-like stuff? I think this is something new.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 6, 2013 1:01 PM 

Sol 3352 ( Jun 29, 2013 ) MI closeup panorama of a rock named "Tawny" in Botany Bay:

with location link.

This looks a lot like the "popcorn" matrix in Endurance crater.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: July 6, 2013 7:58 PM 

Sol 3352 ( Jun 29, 2013 ) 3D MI closeup of Tawny berry on rock in Botany Bay:

A new "species" of berries?

The Tawny berries seem to be more pitted and more irregular than the classical Meridiani Berries.

Mizar


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PostPosted: July 7, 2013 8:20 AM 

Thanks for this wonderful images Horton. Your work is invaluable.

And an article here about Oppy. An amacing machine.

http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2013/01jul_oppy/

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