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Post Conjunction: Santa Maria to Cape York, The Journey to 'Spirit Point'
Tesheiner
post Jul 21 2011, 02:29 PM
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Some time ago, on one of the previous "false alarms", I did this exercise. And repeating it again I got the following result. The heading is slightly off the highest peaks of CY but the images I'm using as reference might probably have a slight "distortion".
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I say "yes" too!
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post Jul 21 2011, 02:32 PM
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Hmmm.... very, very interesting... I so want that to be it... perhaps the tallest spires of the Emerald City are starting to peek above the horizon... cool.gif


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post Jul 21 2011, 02:46 PM
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Actually, Tesheiner, looking at the fantastic contour map Pete just posted, your 118.5 heading line seems to sit right at the summit of CY! I checked the width of the new feature - about 3 degrees - and that matches pretty well with what we'd expect for the flatter region around the summit:
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This is looking very promising! smile.gif
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post Jul 21 2011, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE (pgrindrod @ Jul 21 2011, 07:17 AM) *
Let's see if I can get any more mileage out of my visibility map...

Nice work Pete. I bet you feel like Einstein did after the 1919 eclipse.


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post Jul 21 2011, 03:00 PM
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QUOTE (fredk @ Jul 21 2011, 04:46 PM) *
This is looking very promising! smile.gif

Absolutely!
I ever thought the highest point was the following one (see the arrow), but now looking to the contour lines on Pete's map in detail I realise that was a wrong assumption.
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The highest point (a sort of plateau, actually) is dead on the right heading! biggrin.gif
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post Jul 21 2011, 03:06 PM
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QUOTE (KrisK @ Jul 21 2011, 12:22 AM) *
One day forward drive record: 220m, Sol 410 (March 20, 2005)


Thank you Kenny and Krisk!!! smile.gif
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post Jul 21 2011, 03:10 PM
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That. Just AMAZING. And says that it will be even better ! I have the excitements of the first times. The times when Oppy was heading to Endurance crater, and Victoria.

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I've also made this "phil-o-vision" with a little bit of wavelett sharpen. We can clearly see the shape of the crater now.
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We can see a third crater on the floor of Endeavour.

"A crater within a crater. Two levels". Ahh, Inception…

And yes, I think this is CY we can see on the "horizon".


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post Jul 21 2011, 03:13 PM
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Phil,
That was a wonderful post of the old Mariner 6 image of Endeavour. Perhaps like you, as a youngster, I remember those pictures coming in and seeing them in the newspapers and New Scientist and Scientific American. I never imagined I'd be studying them again in detail 42 years on... !
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post Jul 21 2011, 03:36 PM
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Right Kenny - I remember the newspapers saying it was 'our next destination', coming as it did only a week after Apollo 11 returned to Earth. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi!

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post Jul 21 2011, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Jul 21 2011, 09:47 AM) *
Nice work Pete. I bet you feel like Einstein did after the 1919 eclipse.

Hilarious!

Great news on the probable first sighting of CY.
This is I suppose obvious now, but why was I so surprised to see the far rim and plains beyond? (Stu nailed it in his mockup.)
The arc of Endeavor's rim as it makes its path 'round the way into the distance from afar makes for a beautiful geometry, aching to be explored.
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post Jul 21 2011, 03:49 PM
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fredk, pgrindrod, Tesheiner --in fact, all of you-- you are the reason we keep coming back to UMSF. Very impressive work.

Land ahoy!
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post Jul 21 2011, 05:12 PM
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I hope with the next drive we see more than one pixel row. And hopefully it is CY, but I am sceptical..


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post Jul 21 2011, 05:20 PM
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QUOTE (MoreInput @ Jul 21 2011, 11:12 AM) *
... sceptical..

Well, based on the DEM rendering, this is pretty much exactly what I would expect to see. Sadly, no towering peaks, and I think it will be most obvious once Oppy is on it or on the east side of it rather than on the approach.
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post Jul 21 2011, 06:24 PM
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Slam on the brakes! There's quite a collection of cobbles over here...

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...T6P1973R0M1.JPG

(kidding...)

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post Jul 21 2011, 06:59 PM
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Yup... cobbles galore...

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