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MSL Post Landing - Commissioning Period & Early Observations, Commissioning Activity Period 1B - Sols 9 through 16
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:20 PM
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Fantastic having the foothills of Mt Sharp in the same view too...

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Aug 22 2012, 10:17 AM) *
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Looks like a forward drive, followed by a 90-120deg. clockwise turn-in-place and a backwards move.

90 degrees, according to yesterday's telecon.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:28 PM
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Interesting to see the zigzag tread marks of Curiosity after so many years of the straight tread marks from Opportunity and Spirit. The morse slots come up less often than I expected.

Looks like very firm ground - although of course there was a lot of surface dust blown away during landing.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:30 PM
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Conference starting now...

And Bradbury landing!
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:36 PM
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And we are *tall*.

Great clip of Ray Bradbury from 1971.

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Aug 22 2012, 01:17 PM) *
Looks like a forward drive, followed by a 90-120deg. clockwise turn-in-place and a backwards move.

I knew in advance I would see the very first tracks from MSL start from nowhere (so to speak), unlike any of the MER wheel tracks (which at their very beginning start from the edge of their landers). But it's still sort of eerie to see it.

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:50 PM
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Could the initial hydrogen signal be from an invisible layer of frost? It is still technically winter at the site.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:50 PM
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Yihiii, we are roving Mars again ! Excellent ! smile.gif And a new rover orientation now.

Sol 16 Navcam panoramic smile.gif



I just can't believe that these pictures were taken since about less than 4 hour on Mars. When I do some trail in mountains (like Pyrenees these times) I stitch my panoramic in about 1 or 2 days after they were taken biggrin.gif


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post Aug 22 2012, 06:51 PM
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And ChemCam is getting really good signal, great details in the spectra. It is wondrous to get this kind of information so quickly, no long integration times to slow us down with this instrument.

Will this tend to make some of the science stops along the traverse path a little shorter than we're used to with the MERs, I wonder?

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post Aug 22 2012, 07:00 PM
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Time for a route map! laugh.gif


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post Aug 22 2012, 07:01 PM
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Well, there's still the APXS with its half-lives counting down. Eventually integration times will be affected like on Oppy.
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post Aug 22 2012, 07:06 PM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Aug 22 2012, 08:39 PM) *
I knew in advance I would see the very first tracks from MSL start from nowhere (so to speak), unlike any of the MER wheel tracks (which at their very beginning start from the edge of their landers). But it's still sort of eerie to see it.

It's a strange picture, indeed, the tracks starting from nowhere. Looks like the rover was teleported (ZAP!) to that place.
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QUOTE (Explorer1 @ Aug 22 2012, 11:50 AM) *
Could the initial hydrogen signal be from an invisible layer of frost? It is still technically winter at the site.

Hydrogen was also found on the calibration targets on the rover.
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post Aug 22 2012, 07:26 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Aug 22 2012, 07:06 PM) *
It's a strange picture, indeed, the tracks starting from nowhere.
That is so true. This will definitely be a signature image from the mission, and I'd say from all of planetary exploration:
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I'd say this deserves the "postcard" treatment...
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post Aug 22 2012, 07:36 PM
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QUOTE (dvandorn @ Aug 22 2012, 11:39 AM) *
I knew in advance I would see the very first tracks from MSL start from nowhere (so to speak), unlike any of the MER wheel tracks (which at their very beginning start from the edge of their landers). But it's still sort of eerie to see it.

-the other Doug


Ok here is an update of my MARDI map then. I am a bit confused about where those 2 rocks/mounds (Purple Arrows?) are then that appear in the post drive image, compared to the MARDI frame. What I am really attempting to do here is figure out "precisely" how big and in what orientation the rover was in (on that MARDI frame) post landing?
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