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Exploring Mt Sharp - The Dunes - Part 2: Naukluft Plateau, Sites 53-54, Sols 1274-1352, March 7-May 27 2016
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post Mar 7 2016, 04:50 PM
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The sol 1274 drive has taken Curiosity up onto the slope of the Naukluft Plateau, so I'm going to split the thread here. Sol 1274 and later belongs here; go to the previous thread for Namib and High Dunes and the traverse around High Dune to the current location. Here is the most recent route map.

Sean posted this in the previous Curiosity thread but it's nice to repeat here -- a lovely view of Curiosity's current position.


View of current location from Sol 1082/MR

Quite an angle to those Navcams!
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post Mar 7 2016, 09:12 PM
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Here is a quick stitch from Sol 1274...we're at a jaunty angle by all accounts.



Sol-1274_NR_pano by Sean Doran, on Flickr


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post Mar 7 2016, 11:03 PM
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Nice - and here is a circular version which helps to show where we are.

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post Mar 8 2016, 12:47 PM
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Some great posts while I have been on the road smile.gif
L-MastCam mosaic from 1274, with 3 ChemCam RMI targets from 1275. confident about targets B & C, but A is more of a guess.
Mosaic assembled in MS ICE

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post Mar 8 2016, 12:56 PM
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Sol 1274 Lmastcam:
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post Mar 8 2016, 04:01 PM
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The complete Navcam L panoramic view on Sol 1274.

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post Mar 8 2016, 04:30 PM
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QUOTE (jvandriel @ Mar 8 2016, 09:01 AM) *
The complete Navcam L panoramic view on Sol 1274.

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I suspect that the way forward is up and over this light colored rock on the left side of the image and through that lower section of dark rubble at the top. Seems steep. What are the tilt limits they'll have to deal with?
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post Mar 8 2016, 08:31 PM
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Here is a quick postcard image from Sol 1274 using a new workflow for aligning Navcam images.

Its formatted for HD 3D tv output and can also be viewed on most smart phone high & low end ( cardboard/GearVR ) VR viewers.

I would love feedback on this. ( aware of the horizon glitches & minor stitching artifacts )



Sol-1274_stereo-right-SBS 1920x1080 by Sean Doran, on Flickr

And here is a regular crosseye version...



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post Mar 8 2016, 09:19 PM
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neat perspective looking along that little ridge. I don't have such devices, just crossed-eyes... here's from sol1275 which had enough parallax to combine with the zoomed-out MAHLI.. and another such view from sol1274
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Close up of a nice looking mineral filled fractures: Sol 1275 MAHLI, roughly stitched in MS ICE, then sharpened and increased contrast. Scale-bar added based of Gerald's MAHLI Ruler

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post Mar 9 2016, 02:10 AM
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Curiosity Mission Update from Ryan Anderson: Sols 1275-1276: Interesting Veins and Textures:
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The weekend drive went well, and put us in a great location for some contact science, right near the contact between the “Murray” and “Stimson” formations, with some interesting veins and textures in the nearby rocks. Given our nice location, we opted not to do any driving in the Sol 1275 plan and instead study the area in front of us.
The Sol 1275 plan started off with a ChemCam passive sky observation and ChemCam LIBS and RMI observations of the targets “Palmhorst”, “Palmwag”, and “Mirabib”. Mastcam took documentation images of each of the ChemCam targets, plus a couple of mosaics of the Murray-Stimson contact. Later in the day, MAHLI took some images of Mirabib before and after brushing the dust off, as well as mosaics of Palmwag and Palmhorst. APXS then analyzed the composition of Palmwag and then did an overnight measurement of Mirabib.
In today’s plan, our goal is to place the rover in position to study some interesting knobby textures. Prior to the drive, Navcam will do some atmospheric measurements and ChemCam will analyze the targets “Duruchaus”, “Eiseb”, and “Aranos”. As usual, Mastcam will take some documentation images of the ChemCam targets. Mastcam also has a mosaic of fine laminations in the rock at the Murray-Stimson contact, another mosaic to extend the coverage of the contact, and a small 2x1 mosaic of Mirabib and nearby veins using all of Mastcam’s science filters. After that, we will do a short drive toward the knobby texture followed by post-drive imaging. The knobby texture is not in a great position for us to continue driving after we analyze it, so we’ll likely return back to our current position before continuing up onto Naukluft plateau.

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post Mar 9 2016, 07:27 AM
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I've been experimenting with 3D MAHLI images using the depth maps posted on Midnight Planets. I did a quick test using Photoshop's 3D capabilities using the MAHLI set that Paul posted, which I've uploaded to Sketchfab and can be viewed at this link.

There are a few artifacts that I need to work out, such as the white borders and the distortion of the 3D mesh near in the corners, but it does give you a good idea of the three-dimensionality of this scene. In particular it really illustrates how the gypsum veins have been shaped by the surrounding rock - part of the vein at left has a flat edge where it sat up against rock that has now eroded away.
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QUOTE (jccwrt @ Mar 9 2016, 03:27 PM) *
I've been experimenting with 3D MAHLI images using the depth maps...

Impressive work... Be sure to switch to full screen for the full effect smile.gif


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post Mar 9 2016, 11:46 AM
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The post drive images from sol 1276 have started to arrive... ~23 minute drive "to place the rover in position to study some interesting knobby textures" looks to have completed successfully.
Correction: MP has the data, 7.1 meters due West. This 5 image mosaic has been roughly assembled in MS ICE. there are the usual stitching errors, but it may help Joe pinpoint the location.
I used the 5 available L-NavCam frames featuring the horizon to keep the mosaic within the site upload limit.
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post Mar 9 2016, 12:17 PM
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Do I see blueberries in the foreground?
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