Mars Exploration Rover Update - April 21, 2004

Mars Exploration Rover Update - April 21, 2004

Post by baalk » Fri, 23 Apr 2004 23:45:53


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OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: On the Way to 'Fram Crater' - sol 84, Apr 19, 2004

Opportunity began sol 84, which ended at 3:34 p.m. PST on April 19,
with some remote sensing observations and analysis with the microscopic
imager and Msbauer spectrometer. At 13:13 Mars Local Solar time,
Opportunity began a 25-meter (82 feet) drive toward "Fram Crater," taking
images of its surroundings on the way. At the conclusion of the drive the
rover acquired more remote sensing.

Opportunity will spend sol 85, which ends at 4:13 p.m. PST on April 20,
2004, using the instruments on its instrument deployment device to
investigate a rock target at Fram Crater.



OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Finally at 'Fram' - sol 85, Apr 21, 2004

Opportunity got an up-close look at the rocky nature of "Fram Crater" as
it approached the crater on sol 85, which ended at 4:13 p.m. PDT on April
20. After some morning remote sensing, the rover drove to the target
rock dubbed "Pilbara," near the crater rim.

The wake-up song was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!" by Jack Norworth
in honor of all the baseball-related target names chosen this sol.

Plans called for Opportunity to grind into Pilbara with its rock
abrasion tool on sol 86.
 
 
 

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SPIRIT UPDATE: Spirit Drives to 'Methuselah' - sol 456-462, April 21,
2005

Spirit has had a great week. The rover has completed some soil studies,
taken lots of images, done a little driving, and captured a dust devil
image with its panoramic camera. Late in the week, Spirit drove over to
a piece of outcrop called "Methuselah." Spirit is healthy and doing
fine!

Sol-by-sol summaries:

Sol 456 (April 15, 2005):
Spirit drove toward a soil target to perform a maneuver that engineers
and scientists call a "scuff." To scuff the soil, Spirit rotates and
backspins one of its front wheels, creating a very shallow trench.

Sol 457, 458, 459:
The scuffmark that Spirit created gave the science team a chance to do
some soil studies. Spirit used its full complement of science
instruments over the weekend (April 16 and 17, 2005) to learn about the
soil.

Sol 460:
Spirit took some additional images of the scuff with the microscopic
imager, and then drove toward a piece of outcrop in the neighborhood,
which attracted the eye of science team. The science team thinks the
outcrop is pretty old and has given it the informal name Methuselah.

Sol 461:
Using the panoramic camera, Spirit captured an image of a dust devil
passing by.

Sol 462 (April 21, 2005):
The plan is for Spirit to drive about 4 meters (13 feet) closer to
Methuselah in order to be in position for an extended imaging campaign
during the weekend.

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