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The Return to Home Plate
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post Feb 14 2007, 12:06 PM
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Given a broken wheel - I'm really rather pleased with the length of that drive - should be back at HP fairly soon.

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post Feb 14 2007, 01:52 PM
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I think the tricky manouvers on five wheels are only those related to positioning the rover for IDD work.
Straight driving for "long" distances was already seen when Spirit drove back from Tyrone to the winter haven on sols 803 & 805.
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post Feb 14 2007, 03:54 PM
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Sorry if this has already been posted

http://www.space.com/missionlaunches/07021...art_rovers.html

I didn't want to start a topic for it.


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post Feb 15 2007, 08:47 PM
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http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/re...NUP1312L0M1.JPG

Looks like Spirit is enjoying herself - trying to build a sand castle laugh.gif

Pushing herself up against that mound - and a stone in her jammed wheel rolleyes.gif
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/fo...NUP1214L0M1.JPG
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post Feb 15 2007, 09:22 PM
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Just a bit of messing around while nursing a very sick dog (see avatar... ) Operation for her tomorrow, so have to do something to take my mind off it... sad.gif

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post Feb 15 2007, 09:53 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Feb 15 2007, 10:22 PM) *
Just a bit of messing around while nursing a very sick dog (see avatar... ) Operation for her tomorrow, so have to do something to take my mind off it... sad.gif



Sorry to hear that. Beautiful collie is it. Sure hope she'll be fine.
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post Feb 16 2007, 12:58 AM
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QUOTE (general @ Feb 15 2007, 10:47 AM) *
Pushing herself up against that mound -

Hmmm. That slab of stuff directly in front of us seems to have an open, porous surface. Could it be a third kind of laminar "sulfate rock" after the granular and non-granular layers we were studying back at King George Island? The sedimentary history around here is continuing to complicate.


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post Feb 16 2007, 08:56 AM
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Hi Stu hope all goes well with your dog (sorry I don't know his/her name.)

Shaka hello, those rocks do look new and so porous that they could almost be pumice.

I hope the stone in bad wheel doesn't make thing worse for Spirit.

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post Feb 16 2007, 09:32 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Feb 14 2007, 12:06 PM) *
Given a broken wheel - I'm really rather pleased with the length of that drive - should be back at HP fairly soon.

Doug


I get the impression from the latest Flight Director's report (Feb 15) that they're headed for Mitcheltree Ridge first, rather than Home Plate as we've heard to date.

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/missions/mer/flightdir.cfm
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post Feb 16 2007, 02:01 PM
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Stu,
Let us know how things go with the operation.
Dogs are special companions.
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post Feb 16 2007, 03:22 PM
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Stu, I hope everything goes well.
Lhoba sents her best wishes.

Dogs...We can't live without them...


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post Feb 16 2007, 03:47 PM
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QUOTE (kenny @ Feb 16 2007, 10:32 AM) *
I get the impression from the latest Flight Director's report (Feb 15) that they're headed for Mitcheltree Ridge first, rather than Home Plate as we've heard to date.


My impression is that they will spend the weekend analysing the rock right in front of the rover and then move directly to HP. If the current location is considered part of Mitcheltree Ridge or not is something I don't know.
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post Feb 16 2007, 06:36 PM
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Thanks for all the support guys re Amber's operation earlier today, I really appreciate it. Not embarrassed to admit I've been in pieces all day, ever since leaving Amber at the vet's first thing this morning. But happy to be able to report that our 14 year old collie made it through the kidney biopsy op, and is now sleeping off the anaesthetic in the vet's, on a drip, warm and safe under a sheepskin blanket. The op uncovered definite kidney damage, which the tests on the biopsy sample will hopefully show can be treated with appropriate medication/diet etc.

I love this dog to bits, not ashamed to admit it,though I know "non dog people" will find it hard to understand how something like this can get to you, but that's ok. She's been sitting or more usually sleeping by my side as I've sat here looking at MER pictures for the past 3 years. I actually use Amber in my school and public Outreach talks a lot, and often sneak her into pictures, just for the sake of it. This is one I use to see if anyone actually sees it and asks "Is that a real photo..?" wink.gif

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Thanks again guys. I won't go on about this again. smile.gif


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post Feb 16 2007, 07:57 PM
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Been backtracking a bit and hey, look where we were a year ago...

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Can't wait to get back amongst all those rocks! Shouldn't be long now... smile.gif


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post Feb 17 2007, 09:08 AM
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The MER website has an updated status report from the 16th Feb.
Among other things, Spirit suffered a reboot and will be moving towards HP on sol 1104.
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