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The Top of Vera Rubin Ridge Part 2, Site 67-, sol 1944-, 24 Jan 2018-
Steve G
post Jul 4 2018, 12:35 AM
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I thought that was the case. I'm still sulking because they didn't check out the backshell, parachute and crash stage (I know it was a little toxic, but who doesn't like a crash site?)
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post Jul 4 2018, 01:21 AM
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Aw, don't sulk. Just remember that Curiosity is a robot geologist, not a tourist or crash site rubberneck.
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post Jul 4 2018, 08:49 AM
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I'm still hoping that she'll still be capable of reaching the 'Light-toned Unit' (LTU) via the 'Marker Bed' and other targets after she's wrapped up at the Sulfates. But right now I'd be happy with an updated 'Notional Path' to show what stops are planned on VRR and the exit ramp they hope to use for descending onto the 'Phyllosilicate Trough'. Wishful thinking on my behalf... I know, but one can always live in hope smile.gif


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post Jul 4 2018, 09:23 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jul 4 2018, 04:42 AM) *
....These are the first tracks observed on the ground at Gale, I believe. It will be interesting to see if any tracks show up in HiRISE images when it can see the area again. There are no obvious tracks in any previous HiRISE images of Gale.

Great spot Phil, be great to see them in future HiRISE sets... smile.gif


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post Jul 4 2018, 11:47 AM
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Here is a short flight across the area discussed... starting on Vera Rubin Ridge and gliding up lower slopes of Mt Sharp


Superb detail evident in the 4k video of this dtm dataset...
4k version on Youtube





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post Jul 4 2018, 08:00 PM
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Excellent, thanks!

Here is Jan's panorama in circular form. Sol 2098.

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post Jul 6 2018, 04:55 AM
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And another drive on Sol 2102, looking at the time stamps on Midnight Planets it appears to be about 50 minutes.
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post Jul 6 2018, 06:36 AM
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It's the first time I think Curiosity took a direct picture of the Sun without any filter.
A simple picture but I love it because it directly illustrates the global dust storm and its associated mood.
That's also likely what Oppy could see if it was still awake...



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post Jul 6 2018, 01:09 PM
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QUOTE (neo56 @ Jul 6 2018, 07:36 AM) *
It's the first time I think Curiosity took a direct picture of the Sun without any filter.

...except closer to sunrise/sunset, of course.
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post Jul 7 2018, 08:36 AM
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Here is a view we never see... the other side of Mount Sharp. From the southern plain of Gale Crater looking north. Curiosity sits way behind the left flank.


Made with HRSC, CTX & MARCI data

CTX heightmap supplied by Peter Grindrod & Joel Davis.

CTX texture source supplied by Tanya Harrison.

MARCI data supplied by Andy Britton.


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post Jul 7 2018, 06:12 PM
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The Navcam L view on Sol 2102.

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post Jul 7 2018, 06:55 PM
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Thanks, Jan. I used it to update my map. Here's a circular version.

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post Jul 8 2018, 06:40 AM
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Sol 2104, what looks like a very long drive, (duration and distance) brings use back close to Taconite crater
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post Jul 8 2018, 01:38 PM
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Sol 2102 post-drive Lmastcam:


And a look at the rocks nearby:
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post Jul 9 2018, 05:44 AM
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Just wondering how this long drive relates to the drilling campaign in this important transition zone
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