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Post Conjunction: Santa Maria to Cape York, The Journey to 'Spirit Point'
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post Apr 1 2011, 10:17 PM
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At my instigation, we're getting an extra-good image of the right-front wheel before driving again. When it comes down, you'll see why. :-)
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post Apr 1 2011, 10:51 PM
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If you look at the kapton cable wrapping - that FR strut has done a bit of shedding since conjunction. Or maybe the fact that we're cleat-down and a pile of dust built up 'behind' it that might slip and slide overnight.

We'll see tomorrow!
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post Apr 2 2011, 03:05 AM
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Well Oppy's back in Maxwell-motion mode again. smile.gif
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...WJP1201R0M1.JPG

That means that she's covering extra metres and that's a good sign.
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post Apr 2 2011, 04:20 AM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Apr 1 2011, 08:05 PM) *
Well Oppy's back in Maxwell-motion mode again. smile.gif

I read a paper somewhere about that motion not being good for the rover and having the potential to cause the kapton tape on moving parts to unravel.


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post Apr 2 2011, 05:36 AM
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Thanks for those updates here, just good to know (what's going on smile.gif )


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post Apr 2 2011, 05:41 AM
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I think Scott's talking about the JPL logo on the inside of the wheel. I can't recall seeing that before...but then I've not been looking closely at the wheel while the view has been so spectacular! wink.gif

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post Apr 2 2011, 05:50 AM
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QUOTE (mhoward @ Apr 1 2011, 03:05 PM) *
... Whether or not it's anything interesting, what a rush to finally be here.

Fantastic. I had forgotten about the dark areas that you had spotted. There is little doubt in my mind that it will be something interesting. I'll be holding my breath for the next hundred meters or so.

One thing about the area, though; it appears to be riddled with an intricate network of Anatolia-like fractures. It looks like some pretty dangerous driving to me. ph34r.gif


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post Apr 2 2011, 06:29 AM
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On the topic of the kapton tape peeling, I threw together a (very) rough animation of the peeling over the past couple years.
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post Apr 2 2011, 06:56 AM
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I have little love for kapton. It's very good insulation, but not very durable over time.


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post Apr 2 2011, 01:06 PM
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Climbing up out of the local "dip"... The Crater is almost back in view...

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post Apr 2 2011, 04:18 PM
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QUOTE (nprev @ Apr 2 2011, 08:56 AM) *
I have little love for kapton. It's very good insulation, but not very durable over time.

Who could ever imagine that this mission would last 7+ years? smile.gif
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post Apr 2 2011, 04:50 PM
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Sol 2554 left Pancam

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post Apr 2 2011, 05:00 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Apr 2 2011, 12:18 PM) *
Who could ever imagine that this mission would last 7+ years? smile.gif

I wonder if nprev's comment has more to do with KC-135s or B-52s lasting 7 decades.
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post Apr 2 2011, 05:30 PM
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...yeah, kinda sorta! wink.gif

Kapton's just nasty stuff, is all. When it goes, it goes for good. It's REALLY good at producing hard-to-find high-resistance shorts to ground & all kinds of quirkly little problems. I've had too many long days and nights troubleshooting problems with kapton-clad wiring and it's left me an aged & bitter SOB, so don't mind me at all, please! tongue.gif

[edited for specific reason why I hate kapton]


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post Apr 2 2011, 05:33 PM
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"it's left me an aged & bitter SOB"

Ohhh... that's what did it!

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