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Pancam Update tonight, Questions
djellison
post Jul 3 2006, 08:19 AM
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Hopefully doing another Jim'n'Doug show tonight - I've got a shed of questions myself, but if anyone has anything burning....let me know today...before about 1700UT

Doug

Edit - will add to this as the day progresses.



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(yes - I'm chaning the colours as I chat to Jim so I don't forget where I've got to smile.gif )

General
Toma B : Flight software update - how long left, what can it do etc etc
Photon transfer calibration.... what / why etc.
Calibration - how to you monitor camera performance with a dirty Calibration target (relating to above)
Tesheiner: Pancam - actual field of view ( varous papers/websites have different figures, 15.8º, 16.0º, 16.8º ) ( each pixel 0.273 milli rad 0.003+/- - 16.1 degrees )
Ustrax : Grad Student involvement...what do they do and what could it mean for their futures.

Spirit
Mc Murdo Pan - how is it going, how much left, what's it revealing etc ( And it's today's APOD! )
Changes over time - any changes seen over the past couple of months?
Meteorites....how many in total...potential post-winter target?


Oppy
Toma B: Beagle Crater (that name hurts smile.gif ) - What imaging plans?
RNeuhaus: Approach strategy to Vic. Straight there or Rim craters etc?

The Amateur World
Paxdan : Have you composted team members into some MER Pans (no) ( or indeed, team photos using flight or flight spare hardware? (yes))

Right - all done....I'll top and tail it, pack it off to Emily and hopefully it'll be online a bit later biggrin.gif
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post Jul 3 2006, 08:26 AM
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If I may ask "what's new" in software update that is being uploaded to Opportunity?
Will there be any Full Color 360* Panorama of Beagle Crater?


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post Jul 3 2006, 10:04 AM
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Please add a question about the pancam fov: 15.8º, 16.0º, 16.8º, etc.

We have already discussed about this topic (link1, link2), but it would be nice to know his point about the matter and why is there this discrepancy on the documents which can be found on the net.
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post Jul 3 2006, 02:23 PM
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I would like to ask about what else JPL will be interested to visit after Beagle Crater. Go directly to Victoria or to some around interesting smaller craters on the Victoria's arpon. If JPL decides to go straight to Victoria, where JPL would like to head to? Will Oppy stay close to Beacon?

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post Jul 3 2006, 02:48 PM
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QUOTE (RNeuhaus @ Jul 3 2006, 03:23 PM) *
JPL ....JPL...JPL


Of course Jim is on the science team, and is thus Cornell not JPL smile.gif But I'll ask anyway biggrin.gif
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post Jul 3 2006, 03:01 PM
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Has Jim ever composited himself, or been composited, into a MER pan a la the UMSF BBQ.
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post Jul 3 2006, 03:25 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 3 2006, 03:48 PM) *
Of course Jim is on the science team, and is thus Cornell not JPL smile.gif But I'll ask anyway biggrin.gif


Doug, I have a question a bit off topic but it comes in the line of what you've just said...
Knowing that, since the mission control has 'moved' from JPL to Cornell, there are some graduated and undergraduated students envolved on the operations, I would like to know what are their specific tasks, level of decision, taking in account that some of them will probably form the MSL team.
Does this mission have already a practical role in their formation?


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post Jul 3 2006, 03:30 PM
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A good one.

I've heard Steve talk about Magellan's expedition which set of with several ships and 270 people......and returned years later with 18 men and one ship....the Victoria - at the time he had images of a team of 18 grad students driving Opportunity to Victoria crater smile.gif

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post Jul 3 2006, 03:51 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 3 2006, 04:30 PM) *
A good one.

I've heard Steve talk about Magellan's expedition which set of with several ships and 270 people......and returned years later with 18 men and one ship....the Victoria - at the time he had images of a team of 18 grad students driving Opportunity to Victoria crater smile.gif

Doug


Yes, the expedition is inspiring, some time ago I've sent this to Steve and made him a suggestion...

I would love to see those students circumnavigate Victoria!
Magalhães would be happy... smile.gif


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post Jul 3 2006, 09:18 PM
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Right - all done - it's a 34 minute monster - EL's out of the office today, but with a bit of luck it'll be online a bit later smile.gif

Re the Pancam FOV issue - I thought I'd type up the answer, Jim did a good job though...

Anyway - it's in here
http://marswatch.astro.cornell.edu/pancam_..._Pancam_JGR.pdf

Basically each pixel 0.273 milli rad +/- 0.003


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post Jul 3 2006, 09:29 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 3 2006, 10:18 PM) *
Right - all done - it's a 34 minute monster - EL's out of the office today, but with a bit of luck it'll be online a bit later smile.gif

Doug


Give us the trailer! smile.gif


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post Jul 3 2006, 10:06 PM
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Pancam Update 6 Trail

Black screen....SFX:Heart beat

Voice over man in deep voice "100 million miles from Earth, 4 cameras sit on the surace of Mars"

Fade in full image of mars globe, in time to heart beat background noise

Voice over man in deep voice again "Two men tackle the burning issues of......."

In time to heart beat, fade up and down of JB and DE faces lit from below, then, on cue, fade to v.close shot of Pancam Bar attop Spirit on Husband Hill..

Voice over Man "PANCAM"

Cut to shot of DE sat on his sofa, laptop on lap, headset on "...cool.... "

Voice over man "PANCAM UPDATE...coming to a Planetary Society website near you, July 3rd 2006"

smile.gif

There you go - a trailer.
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post Jul 4 2006, 05:17 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 3 2006, 02:18 PM) *
Right - all done - it's a 34 minute monster - EL's out of the office today, but with a bit of luck it'll be online a bit later smile.gif
Hi all, it's finally posted:

Rover Audio Updates

Sorry for the delay, I had some family here and had everyone drafted to configure the nursery yesterday smile.gif

--Emily


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