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MSL Route Map
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post Aug 6 2014, 12:25 PM
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Bienvenido / Welcome to UMSF Fernando.

I did a few attempts with a MSL route map in KML format for Google Earth at the very beginning of this mission but finally gave up because it would take too much effort to keep it up to date. And now I see that you have done it for the whole mission, 700+ sols for the time being, including also a lot of complementary information besides the path itself. Wow.

Thanks a lot, and keep the updates coming please!
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post Aug 6 2014, 12:55 PM
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Seeing the 3D perspective is nice. It's also fun to stay in Google Earth and imagine that Curiosity is exploring the jungles of Papua New Guinea.


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post Aug 6 2014, 09:43 PM
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Thanks so much for this, Fernando! what sticks out immediately is it really makes apparent the extent of elevation changes during the mission.

...so Curiosity suffers trench foot in the Papua New Guinea jungle while Oppy cruises the ocean floor just west off the Gulf of Guinea half a world away! cool.gif
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post Aug 7 2014, 12:32 AM
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Thanks for the welcome and encouraging words. In order not to scare too much the Papua biggrin.gif I will not be posting updates everyday, especially when there is no drive or, like today, the drive is short. Anyway I'll wait for "Where is Curiosity" to validate the drives.

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post Aug 7 2014, 04:39 AM
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This area is complicated enough that it needs a special map. White squares are contact science sites.

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post Aug 8 2014, 06:03 PM
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Being a bit vexed by not having the revised landing ellipse in the KMZ file, I spent several hours looking for information on it. I did a thorough search of all the topics in the MSL forum and looked at a lot of web resources. The meager result is "an ellipse sized approximately 12x4 miles" and several images sad.gif . Next, I experimented to draw an ellipse in GE, using the size values as a start and the images to guess the center's location. After a lot of attempts, here are the parameters that seem to provide a reasonable fit:
  • Center: 137.399007 E, -4.59846 N
  • Semi-major axis: 10,076.064 m
  • Semi-minor axis: 3,318.688 m
  • Rotation: -3.7 (of the ellipse's axis relative to a coordinate system with origin at the center)
I used the following Mars radius: 3,396,200 m

If someone is kind enough to send me better parameters (thank you!) I'll gladly use them.


Here is a comparison of the generated ellipse to the one shown at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/mult...ml#.U-UK2mO9b0w


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And a "validation" at finer detail, using the path on sols 671-677, when MSL crossed the ellipse, as shown in http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/images/Curios...ol0677-full.jpg


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I'll add the ellipse (or a better one) in a future post.

Fernando


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post Aug 9 2014, 06:00 AM
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Hello, this is my first post on UMSF. I discovered UMSF about a year ago and I really like this community. (I'm from Thailand so my English may be bad.)
To Fernando, I really like your map. It provides a lot better view of Curiosity's path. As for the landing ellipse: I don't know about the landing ellipse, but I have added the safe transit route and the notional future traverse path to your kmz file to provide information of the planned future path. (the planned routes are taken from here and here)\

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post Aug 9 2014, 07:18 AM
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ADMIN NOTE: Thank you Fernando and Krit for your new contributions to the map. Over the years we have tried to maintain the various Map Threads for the rovers generally clean of additional conversation. Your contributions are valuable and are appreciated however. If you are happy to maintain your .kmz files, feel free to add them here or make them available from a central source of some kind and we can add them to the FAQ sections for the mission.
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post Aug 10 2014, 10:10 PM
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Here's an update to sol 714, first a close-up, then back to the regular map.

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post Aug 11 2014, 09:34 PM
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Update to Sol 714. Also added the revised landing ellipse (changed the parameters to improve precision).

Attached File  MSL_Curiosity_Route_Map_Sol_0714_2014AUG10.kmz ( 16.74K ) Number of downloads: 560

Fernando
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post Aug 13 2014, 03:46 PM
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Update to sol 717.

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post Aug 19 2014, 01:39 AM
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Update to Sol 719 (2014 August 15).

Fernando

Attached File  MSL_Curiosity_Route_Map_Sol_0719_2014AUG15.kmz ( 16.73K ) Number of downloads: 447
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post Aug 21 2014, 04:48 AM
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Time for an extreme close-up of activities at Bonanza King. The image is oriented north-up, not as viewed from the rover, which is northeast of the rock. Only the first ChemCam activities are indicated, more were done on later sols. The pre-load tests (the actions which raised the rover slightly in animations) are indicated with a cross symbol where the two drill posts pressed on the surface, linked by a line.

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post Aug 23 2014, 04:26 AM
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Concluding our activities at Bonanza King. EDIT - date in text box is wrong - it should be sol 721. EDIT 2: map replaced with corrected version

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post Aug 25 2014, 03:48 PM
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A very quick update to sol 729 - I'm back in my office but don't have all me stuff with me yet, so this is just drawn over the previous route map. (EDIT - replaced with improved version)

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