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Opportunity Route Map
Phil Stooke
post Jul 26 2016, 08:17 PM
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Another drive - winter is well and truly over now if we can be on this slope.

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post Aug 4 2016, 05:59 AM
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Sol 4453 - a short drive to reach the rocks at Gibraltar II.

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post Aug 7 2016, 06:38 AM
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Opportunity drove again on sol 4456, so time for a map update. My new feature names might need to be moved a bit.

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post Aug 11 2016, 02:39 PM
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This update to sol 4459 includes a correction to the recent path and name positions. I usually base initial drive paths on the maps tweeted by Mike Seibert (https://twitter.com/mikeseibert) but these are not corrected for wheel slip or other issues. Later I can fix a location using the local panorama or from mapping at the MER website by Tim Parker of JPL. The drive on sol 4453 must have had a lot of slip on this steep slope, so its end location needed a substantial correction.

Phil

(PS thanks Mike for those maps and your comments on Twitter, they are very useful)

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post Aug 12 2016, 01:23 AM
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... and another update, to sol 4461.

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post Aug 19 2016, 02:54 AM
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Sol 4468 - a small move to the north.

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post Aug 27 2016, 02:00 AM
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A little move south on sol 4475 (while Curiosity stubbed its toe and stayed put). I am preparing a close-up map of this area.

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post Aug 28 2016, 03:11 PM
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To repurpose a good old Canadian saying, this looks like 'the beginning of the long dash' to the south. A 45 m or so drive across the valley floor towards the exit point on the ridge. Time for a new base map. (EDIT - I have replaced my guessed path with one from Mike Seibert's tweet, but modified a bit to fit my estimated position)

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post Aug 31 2016, 06:40 PM
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Time for a new map base as we set out on a new adventure. And looking at the route ahead in HiRISE images, this is indeed going to be an adventure.

I should say the recent positions are only estimates, and there may be changes later.

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post Sep 2 2016, 08:36 PM
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I don't have time for a proper update today, but this is roughly where we are.

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post Sep 6 2016, 02:06 AM
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Update to sol 4485, and we are down in the new valley.

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post Sep 8 2016, 12:37 AM
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Down into the valley a bit more on sol 4487.

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post Sep 12 2016, 11:32 PM
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We had a move on sol 4491. I'm a bit lost without Midnight Planets updating at the moment but JPL has images and Mike Seibert tweeted a map.

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post Sep 14 2016, 01:55 AM
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Another drive on sol 4493. I have to figure out what a new base map needs to look like now. We could use a road map!

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post Sep 16 2016, 01:38 AM
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Still trying to choose a new base map, so here is a temporary version of the new map, with a 40+ m drive on sol 4495. This summary map shows that we spent just about 400 sols in Marathon Valley, and the total area covered by the long looping path is not much bigger than a 100 m square on the map. For comparison, Spirit spent its last 1200 or so sols in an area around Home Plate which was about the same size as this work area in Marathon Valley.

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