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The Top of Vera Rubin Ridge Part 2, Site 67-, sol 1944-, 24 Jan 2018-
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post Jul 9 2018, 10:48 AM
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QUOTE (monty python @ Jul 9 2018, 01:44 PM) *
Just wondering how this long drive relates to the drilling campaign in this important transition zone

Thanks to Emily's most recent Curiosity blog (linked below) we now understand that "The team now plans as many as three more drill stops in the near future, up on top of Vera Rubin ridge." Phil's maps shows the remaining VRR geological members that the team identified at a conference. A post here recently also speculated that one of the previously visited Hematite 'hot spots' could also be on that list, maybe even the location were they tried to drill without hammer? I'm sure the mission updates in the coming days will give us a few clues to the location where the next sample site will be. smile.gif
EDIT: I should have added that the mission update for 2100-01 told us that the next drill site was located on the "Pettegrove Point" geological member (see Phil's maps), so that appears to rule out Stop 13, as that's likely on the 'Jura member', so I'm going for 'Stop 12' as the next sample site. Note: those that follow my hunches will probably know that my track record on such predictions is nothing short of abysmal wink.gif

Emily's Blog: http://www.planetary.org/blogs/emily-lakda...-2027-2092.html


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post Jul 9 2018, 03:10 PM
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Sol 2104 drive-direction Lmastcam:


And looking at the rocks nearby:
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post Jul 9 2018, 04:52 PM
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The Navcam L view on Sol 2104.

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Mosaics taken with MC34 and NavCam R on sol 2104, with extra-sky:





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post Jul 10 2018, 11:42 PM
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Jan's sol 2104 panorama in circular format.

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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jul 11 2018, 07:42 AM) *
Jan's sol 2104 panorama in circular format.

Nice work Jan, and nice to see Taconite again, as well as the slowly clearing vista of the plains in these great circular views smile.gif From the drive direction MastCam images it appears we may be heading a little further East or North-Northeast ? smile.gif
Edit: we now know that we're heading back to the location we worked at during sol 2005: https://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/mission/mars-...ission-updates/


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The Navcam L view on Sol 2107.

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Thanks, Jan - here is a circular version.

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A shorter drive on sol 2108 to the next drill site.

Very impressed that some of the Duluth sample has remained on the engineering tray since they pulled away from the last drill location smile.gif (sol 2108 pre-drive)
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Sol 2017 post-drive Lmastcam:
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The Navcam L view on Sol 2108.

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Jan's panorama in circular form. If you compare it with the same for sol 2004 we are in almost exactly the ame place, except that the two panoramas are facing in opposite directions, looking at the same foreground features (including Stranraer).

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Very nice, charborob. I took the liberty of using a reduced size version of it to show the location of the current target, and then made a new image showing how the old Stranraer target and the new Voyageurs target overlap.

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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jul 15 2018, 10:18 AM) *
... and then made a new image showing how the old Stranraer target and the new Voyageurs target overlap.


Great detective work Phil smile.gif


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