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Exploring Mt Sharp north of the dunes - Part 1: Beyond Pahrump Hills, Site 45-50, Sol 923-1147, March 12-October 28, 2015
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post Nov 1 2015, 04:49 PM
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Thanks Mike. I'll try to fill the gap with NavCam pictures. Andrew Bodrov already succeeded in using that technic.

I'll use NavCam pics taken on sol 1144 plus NavCam pics taken on sol 2, which cover completely the dock. Work in progress!


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post Nov 1 2015, 06:01 PM
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QUOTE (neo56 @ Nov 1 2015, 09:49 AM) *

We've never been sure how that was made. It didn't appear until after the first MAHLI self-portrait, I don't think, so my presumption was that it used that for deck coverage. But I've never attempted that approach myself. I spent a fair amount of time with Hugin trying to make self-portrait mosaics with some of the gaps filled in with Mastcam images and ran out of patience with the tools. So it may be a matter of better tools and/or more patience smile.gif


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post Nov 1 2015, 07:08 PM
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Some last mosaics

sol 1144




sol 1148 anagyph


sol 1144 sol 1148 horizon


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post Nov 1 2015, 10:07 PM
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QUOTE (neo56 @ Nov 1 2015, 02:39 AM) *
I'd like to fill the black gap in my last panorama where there are no photo of the rover. Does anyone know a recent sol when Curiosity has fully imaged its deck ?

QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Nov 1 2015, 07:42 AM) *
This has never been done with Mastcam. sad.gif

I suppose in theory the gap could be filled with MAHLI self-portrait data, though that would be geometrically challenging.

What Dr. Caplinger is not saying is that the Mastcam PI has forbidden the team from 'wasting' any more Mastcam pixels on the rover deck. Everyone on the mission who I have talked to about this except for the Mastcam PI agrees that it would be nice to have a Mastcam deck pan but that other battles are more important (and more winnable) than this one.

Indeed, it was MAHLI self-portrait data that Andrew Bodrov used for his panorama.
QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Nov 1 2015, 07:42 AM) *
I have the impression that occasionally Navcam is used to image the whole deck, but I don't have any tools that can conveniently figure out when this was done. I know it happened shortly after landing (see http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/msl/mult...a/pia16063.html ) We have occasionally tried to get a hybrid Mastcam/Navcam pan into the plan, but without science justification this is a tough sell.

I have a very partial list of Navcam deck pans (will eventually have a complete list for the sols covered by my book, in the book). They include sols 134, 168, and 375, but those were in earlier (less dusty) days. The sol 375 one is notable because it was on the same sol as a Mastcam 360. I know there has been one more recently, but haven't systematically worked through sols after 413.



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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Nov 1 2015, 02:07 PM) *
Everyone on the mission who I have talked to about this except for the Mastcam PI agrees that it would be nice to have a Mastcam deck pan...

Maybe, but attempts to get simultaneous Navcam/Mastcam coverage for merging and colorization have not been successful because of lack of science justification, so far as I know due to objections from people other than the PI. We can agree it would be nice, but there are lots of times when nice isn't a good enough reason.

You can be sure that we'll continue to push for it. Another option is to shoot a MAHLI pan from a position somewhere over the rover deck, although this hasn't been looked at by the rover planners and there may be constraints I'm not aware of that preclude it.


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Going through the rover images, I found a section of the rover was imaged by Mastcam (accidentally? on purpose?) on sol 25 as part of a 360 1-tier panorama. It's not the whole rover by any means, but it's a start, including the Chemcam cal target, RTG, LGA, and most of the HGA. You can find PDS versions of the images here or here (you want the DRCL full frame images, which have an E in the third-to-last character; to convert them with IMG2PNG you also need to download labels).
Reason for edit: Wrong camera instrument!


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QUOTE (elakdawalla @ Nov 4 2015, 01:09 PM) *

Accidentally. We can command in many reference frames, both rover-relative and surface-relative, and if the rover orientation post-drive is not what we expected during planning, these sorts of things can happen. (Note that these images are focused on the stuff behind the rover, not on the rover itself.) There are some cases where the arm was imaged because it was in an unexpected pose, too.

I've tried to imagine a way in which the entire rover could be imaged by "accident" but I haven't come up with a plausible story. Yet. wink.gif


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QUOTE (mcaplinger @ Nov 4 2015, 02:12 PM) *
I've tried to imagine a way in which the entire rover could be imaged by "accident" but I haven't come up with a plausible story. Yet. wink.gif

Haha, I hope such an accident befalls you someday!


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Here is a stitch from Sol 1087 MR...







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Sol 1100 ML

Extended sky + minor foreground patches



...to the right of the image we see the climb toward Naukluft Plateau.




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