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hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 14, 2013 9:20 AM 

Sol 3507 3514 (Dec 5-12, 2013 ) animation of dust devil in Endeavour crater:

Great eye Kye!

There actually may be two dust devils in the image!

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 14, 2013 10:14 AM 

Sol 3512 (Dec 10, 2013 ) closeup of Cape Douglas rock:

You really should look at the original size of this rock to see the fine, stringy texture of this rock.

I know I'm not a rock guy because I can't imagine a simple non-biological process that creates vertical strings of minerals.

No, these are NOT wind tails behind small, hard inclusions - although there are many such objects in the rock.

Today ( sol 3516 ) a 6x1 L257R2 pan of this area is scheduled. No MI's scheduled yet, so a careful study is planned.

Perhaps Cape Douglas is the first study of the winter haven campaign?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: December 14, 2013 6:06 PM 

Nice picture. There are fibrous rocks, like asbestos-containing minerals. I think these arise from serpentinized basalts. Interestingly the serpentinization process produces methane. One question asked at a recent SETI seminar was: Doesn't the seeming utter lack of methane on Mars (at the ppb level) need explanation? One would expect some methane because of serpentization. I think Chert is also somewhat fibrous.

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: December 15, 2013 10:47 PM 

I think this was once a marshy area.

Odd-looking wheel-like feature at the bottom of these images.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 8:31 AM 

Sol 3509 3510 (Dec 7-8, 2013) false color panorama of Cook Haven:

and a couple of closeup panoramas of "Cape Douglas":

Still haven't received my new motherboard so vignette corrections have not been applied to the individual filters in these images.

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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 9:25 AM 

Sol 3516 (Dec 14, 2013 ) false color 3D of peculiar rock in Cape Douglas outcrop:

Barsoomer, is this the "wheel-like feature" you referred to in reply 204?

Er, I didn't realize marshes could occur on slopes...

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 11:21 AM 

Sol 3514 (Dec 12, 2013 ) 180 degree panorama looking north towards Knobbys Hill and Cape York:

Note Kye's dust devil on the right above the Cook Haven area.

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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 3:38 PM 

Oops.

My guestimated map position for sol 3514 is wrong.

Here is the sol 3507 map location.

The Cook Haven panorama is in fact of the clay signature winter haven area referenced in reply 198.

I'm kind'a disappointed...

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 3:42 PM 

Horton, thanks for your reply 206. Yes, that is the feature I was curious about. Obviously not a wheel but striking nonetheless.

With respect to the marsh comment, granted the ground is sloped now, but that does not mean it was always sloped. The Endeavour impact could well have imparted a slope to some of the rim areas.

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PostPosted: December 16, 2013 3:46 PM 

Ah. re: Reply 195: Odyssey Safe mode...

sols 3508-3509, Dec. 06, 2013-Dec. 07, 2013: Communications Slow, But Expected to Return to Normal This Week.

...
Mars Odyssey went into safe mode and was unable to provide relay support for Opportunity since Sol 3509 (Dec. 7, 2013). The rover was healthy as of that sol. A Direct-To-Earth (DTE) transmission from Opportunity occurred on Sol 3512 (Dec. 10, 2013), providing a small amount of rover telemetry. That telemetry indicated a healthy rover. A drive was sequenced for Opportunity on Sol 3512. The results of that drive will have to wait on the return to relay service of Odyssey.
Odyssey exited safe-mode on Dec. 10, 2013, and is expected to return to relay service later this week.
...

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PostPosted: December 19, 2013 10:08 AM 

Sol 3514 (Dec 12, 2013 ) 4x enhanced difference of dust devil in Endeavour crater:

The MER team thought this was cool enough to take another picture on sol 3520 (yesterday ) at exactly the same local time with the same pointing.

The official version created from full 12 bit original data should be quite spectacular.

Here is an animation between the enhanced and the unenhanced image.

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PostPosted: December 19, 2013 1:11 PM 

Today's plan:

4. What EDRs did we request?

Expected EDRs by sequence number and image type:

Sol Seq.Ver ETH ESF EDN EFF ERP Tot Description
----- -------- --- --- --- --- --- ---- -----------
03521 p1110.02 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_haz_mi_1024x1024x1bpp_pri56
03521 p1121.03 2 0 2 0 0 4 fhaz_idd_apxs_doc_512x512x1bpp_pri56
03521 p1154.01 2 0 0 2 0 4 front_hazcam_idd_unstow_doc
03521 p2601.05 4 2 0 0 2 8 pancam_tau_L78R48
03521 p2905.01 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_critical
03521 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03521 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03521 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03521 p2935.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_veryhigh
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2955.02 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2956.05 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss6_DNTH2500_high
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 p2975.00 1 0 0 1 0 2 mi_open_minloss5_DNTH2500_medium
03521 Total 35 2 2 29 2 70


Looks like the GAOOF (God Awful Out of Focus ) MIs of sol 3519 are being redone.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 20, 2013 12:30 PM 

Sol 3521 (Dec 19, 2013 ) MI closeup panorama of rocks on Cape Douglas:

Yuk.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 20, 2013 1:44 PM 

Sol 3519 (Dec 17, 2013 ) enhanced difference false color ( infrared ) of Cape Douglas rock:

This is the location of the MI of reply 213.

Double Yuk.

Note:

The latest Field Notes From Mars ( Sol 3519 - December 18, 2013 ) confirms that Oppy has arrived at winter haven ( Cook Haven ) and that the outcrops here are "different".

Now - how about some decent photography?

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 20, 2013 2:55 PM 

Sol 3521 (Dec 19, 2013 ) MI closeup 3D of SOD between the rocks on Cape Douglas:

Note all the dark specks nested in the SOD network.

mann


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PostPosted: December 21, 2013 5:04 AM 

wow, that has stereo depth.
And "nesting specks"... good description Horton.

Not sure how many can see the stereo, but well worth the effort.

Do you think the extra "sodnious" is an influence of the specks?
It appears so to me.
I always thought the self organizing dust was a result of either freeze dry, or static electricity,.... could be the specks are magnetic?

Barsoomer


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PostPosted: December 21, 2013 2:21 PM 

Some of the specks look like tiny berries. Others look like tiny holes or bowls in the SOD.

When I transform the images to parallel-eye stereo, which enhances the stereo depth dimension, I can see a fine lattice-work of SOD stretching between the dark pebble and the brighter area to the left.

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PostPosted: December 21, 2013 4:08 PM 

Sol 3521 (Dec 19, 2013 ) MI closeup 3D of rock on Cape Douglas:

The rest of the 3D pairs are equally yukky - so unless someone spots something interesting in the MI pan I don't plan on doing the other 3.

hortonheardawho


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PostPosted: December 22, 2013 11:03 AM 

Sol 3522 (Dec 20, 2013 ) infrared / visible enhanced difference false color 3D detail of Trinity Islands rocks:

Newberries at last??

Compare these to newberries from sol 3251 ( Mar 17, 2013 ) on Kirkwood rock on Cape York:

Note the same burple / light blue infrared / visible colors.

Contrast with these rocks a little closer:

Location links galore in the Flickr comments.

Kye Goodwin


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PostPosted: December 22, 2013 1:23 PM 

Horton, Thanks for posting the latest "Field Notes from Mars" in your in your reply 214. And again:

[link]

These efforts by L Crumpler of the Rover team are maybe the best window on their current thinking. I'm surprised once again by what I can glean from this report, but I'm having a problem reading the annotations on some of the images, which are too small to see and apparently can't be expanded to a legible size. ( Am I missing something, a workaround that would allow me to read all the illustrations?)

Anyway, from one label I can read in the third illustration it seems that "older, pre-impact rocks" are now being spotted way up here on Murray Ridge at Oppy's current location. WHAT? But wouldn't that place them above supposed impact breccia that we've already seen coming up the ridge? What now is the overall Rover Team scenario? How can there be pre-impact bedrock sitting on top of post-impact ejecta? The rover team must now have moved to a very complex story about the tall capes. ???!!!

Another "contact" is suggested between pre and post impact material, illustrated with a dotted line. As usual the contact is entirely hidden under a thin layer of soil and shows no sign whatsoever that the two kinds of material erode at different rates.

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