Solander Point

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hortonheardawho







PostPosted: August 6, 2013 8:33 AM 

OK, I'm calling it.

Sol 3389 ( Aug 6, 2013 ) 3D of Solander Point:

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Today's drive was only about 17 meters towards the selected target - so Oppy could have climbed onto the point - but not yet - so we're there.

YAY! ( party hats on! )

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: August 6, 2013 8:35 AM 

The last topic was Trek to Solander Point. I will post new images from the trek as they are available.

Bill Harris


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PostPosted: August 6, 2013 10:27 AM 

Slowly she turned...step by step...inch by inch...

Same Rear Hazcam pair as above, with a Fisheye Lens correction.

--Bill

Bill Harris


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PostPosted: August 6, 2013 11:18 AM 

Last installment on the "post-Nobbys" Route map, at a scale of about 17 meters/100 pixels:

This should last a few days til a new Solander Route map can be made.

--Bill

Kevin


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PostPosted: August 7, 2013 5:16 AM 

CRISM is selecting targets so mission planners will be able to sort out the route quite soon Oppy may park up for a bit and wait for instructions.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: August 7, 2013 8:28 AM 

Sol 3387 3389 ( Aug 4-6, 2013 ) panorama ( HD format ) of Solander Point:

The image is a 2560x1440 ( HD format ) crop of a 2x3 navcam pan. A nice 5x8 L257 ( or L456 ) pancam panorama would have been fantastic.

Waiting for the MIs shot today ( sol 3390 ) to be downlinked.

Kye Goodwin


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PostPosted: August 7, 2013 11:34 AM 

At this particular spot along the north end of the cape the layering in the bright rock is tipped upward toward the cape:

I think that the dip may be parallel to the top of the underlying cape material, which should extend outward from Solander Point under the bright rock. I wonder if this dip orientation is a pattern that is consistent along the cape margins?

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PostPosted: August 7, 2013 6:47 PM 

Sol 3390 (Aug 7, 2013 ) MI closeup panorama of rock outcrop on edge of Solander Point:

with location link.

I don't see any blueberries - but there are lots of fine, dark particles which moved around during the MI exposures.

Kevin


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PostPosted: August 8, 2013 4:54 AM 

OT - interesting report from the Planetary Society on Mars weather:

[link]

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: August 8, 2013 12:35 PM 

Sol 3391 ( Aug 8, 2013 ) 3D of large peculiar rock:

Here is the sol 3389 view:

Must be something really interesting about this rock to make the team want to "back up" ( actually drive "forward" ) about 6 meters.

Bill Harris


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PostPosted: August 8, 2013 1:20 PM 

Nifty rocks,eh? A lightning storm nuked my modem Saturday, so I'm doing sneakpeeks vicariously from the Library (et al) 'puters. I'll sneak in when I can...

--Bill

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PostPosted: August 8, 2013 7:55 PM 

Sol 3391 ( Aug 8, 2013 ) 3D false color of the peculiar rock "Tick Bush":

Some peculiar pits in this rock.

But I'm not sure this rock is the science target?

4. What EDRs did we request?

Expected EDRs by sequence number and image type:

Sol Seq.Ver ETH ESF EDN EFF ERP Tot Description
----- -------- --- --- --- --- --- ---- -----------
03392 p0422.03 4 0 0 4 0 8 navcam_2x1_az_216_3_bpp
03392 p1110.02 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_mi_1024x1024x1bpp_pri56
03392 p1121.03 2 0 2 0 0 4 fhaz_idd_apxs_doc_512x512x1bpp_pri56
03392 p1154.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_hazcam_idd_unstow_doc
03392 p1801.08 1 0 0 1 0 2 navcam_1x1_left_eye_az_180_05_bpp
03392 p2601.05 4 2 0 0 2 8 pancam_tau_L78R48
03392 p2905.01 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_critical
03392 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03392 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03392 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03392 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03392 p2976.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_medium
03392 Total 21 2 2 15 2 42

The rock "Tick Bush" looks too close for MI and APXS work without a "bump" - but no bump is in the plan...

Kye Goodwin


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PostPosted: August 9, 2013 12:08 PM 

This rock (center) looks like it could be something really new at Endeavour based just on the surface texture:

The rock of Cape York had a much coarser texture:

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PostPosted: August 9, 2013 1:17 PM 

Sol 3391 ( Aug 8, 2013 ) enhanced difference false color 3D of the peculiar rock "Tick Bush":

The MI sequence ran today - but nothing posted so far to Exploratorium.

*** NEWSFLASH ***

Sol 3392 ( Aug 9, 2013 ) MI closeup panorama of the rock "Tick Bush":

Er, what?

To paraphrase Dave Bowman: "My God! It's full of SOD-filled holes!".

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PostPosted: August 11, 2013 1:01 PM 

Sol 3394 ( Aug 11, 2013 ) 3D false color of Solander Point contact:

There is a distinct color difference between the Botany Bay rocks and the Solander Bench.

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PostPosted: August 11, 2013 5:08 PM 

Sol 3391 ( Aug 8, 2013 ) 3D enhanced difference false color of the rock "Mula Mula":

This is Kye's reply 12 rock. I just like its mellifluous name: "Mula Mula"

( The music link transports me to another time and place. Not as strange as Mars - but reminds all of us how our thoughts are bound by our culture.

I made it a point to expose all my children to the music of the world. the Australian Didgeridoo and Mongolian throat music were some of my favorite. Of course they were exposed to the usual western music - including Cage, Stravinski and of course all the pop stuff and jazz and - and ... ( ah, the aged mind doth wander...) )

John Henry Dough


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PostPosted: August 12, 2013 7:13 AM 

( ah, the aged mind doth wander...) )

Correct,memories are golden,,,but no Country & Western? Johnny Cash???,,Waylon and Willie?

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PostPosted: August 14, 2013 8:44 AM 

I have added the MI 3D pairs for sol 3382 3390 3392 to Flickr, including this one:

According to the Latest Field Notes from Mars ( Aug 13, 2013 ) this rock is unlike any seen before by Opportunity - but similar to rocks seem by Spirit. The report shows the "battle plan" through December 12.

JHD, I listened to everything - including Country Western - but I listened to it the same way as music from the rain forest of New Guinea.

An odd thing happened to my Flickr stats August 12: The views of my photo-stream jumped from the usual few dozen to 17,588 and my total views for the day jumped to 19,536 - and the all time views jumped to 1,993,303 - just shy of 2 million views of my Flickr images!

It looks like someone with a large following made a reference to my Flickr pictures - but I haven't a clue who it might have been. Have any of you encountered such a reference within the past few days?

The counts have settled back into the usual range yesterday and today - so it was a "flash in the pan" only. Did I just have my 15 microseconds of internet "fame"?

James Garratt


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PostPosted: August 14, 2013 2:50 PM 

Hort your 17, A cover story about Mars in current SKY&TELESCOPE may have prompted internet searches...
Appears view is shifting toward idea of periodic recent episodes of liquid water on Mars in tune with variations in solar energy reception. This could help explain the presence of sedimentary rocks that have apparently formed after the very early formative periods.
Also, research at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)involving analysis of Martian meteorites strongly suggests that Mars has been active in 'recent' times - volcanically and climate-wise.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: August 14, 2013 4:23 PM 

Sol 3378 3382 3D MI closeup animation before and after a RAT grind on the rock "Black Shoulder":

Useful?

Kevin


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PostPosted: August 15, 2013 4:40 AM 

#17 Hort I posted the picture in #14 on Twitter so it gave people a direct link to your account and of course credited you for the picture.

I feel the world ought to know you are there and they do now!

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