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InSight Surface Operations, 26 Nov 2018-
PaulH51
post Mar 17 2019, 03:13 AM
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QUOTE (rhr @ Mar 17 2019, 07:34 AM) *
There's a new post at the SEIS blog. A translation follows.

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Update from LPSC - the final section of the panorama, to the west, will be filled in soon. Obstructions on the lander deck limit the arm's movements so the last bit of the horizon has to be imaged upside down with the arm pointing the other way and folded over. There will be morning and afternoon panoramas as well, which will be good for distant feature visibility (compare with Viking panoramas). The arm is not planned to dig any time soon. There had been talk of scooping up regolith and piling it in conical piles (as on Viking) to watch for changes due to wind. Now they plan to use disturbed soil around the footpads, SEIS tether and HP3 feet to monitor changes. Lastly, dust devil and cloud surveys have been made but nothing observed yet, though 'vortices' (dustless dust devils) pass over the lander multiple times each sol.

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Thanks for the update. I'm curious what makes them say "dustless", as pressure wouldn't tell you that - perhaps simultaneous imaging?
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They have the radiometer too, it would probably record the dimming caused by the passing shadow or the entrained dust. But I think what they mean - or i should have said - is they see lots of vortices in the met and/or other data but have yet to see a visible DD.

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