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djellison
post Dec 24 2005, 06:15 PM
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New SS Update - "December 23, 2005

Things have been going well at Gusev. We've spent most of the past week looking at a rock right next to Comanche that we call Comanche Spur. Like everything we've seen since we've descended off of Haskin Ridge, Comanche Spur has undergone very little alteration and has a lot of olivine in it. But the composition is different from what we saw at Seminole and Algonquin, so we seem to have yet another rock type at Gusev.

With the Comanche campaign wrapping up, it was decision time... Allegeny Ridge or El Dorado? We had a long meeting about that at mid-week, and the consensus decision was to head for El Dorado. We should begin the drive on about Sol 704, and we're hoping it will go quickly. Expect Spirit to do a lot of driving and (except at El Dorado) not much IDD work in the weeks ahead...."


704 is Boxing Day smile.gif

What do you think - El Dorado for New Year with a nice 6 x 3 pancam postcard....go on Jim, you know you want to wink.gif


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post Dec 25 2005, 07:11 AM
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I keep waiting for somebody who's had a few nachos too many to refer to the next target as "el Dorito", and then somebody to get inventive with Photoshop...
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post Dec 25 2005, 08:18 AM
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Ah, the basal geology now becomes apparent. Home Plate isn't an ancient, eroded crater remnant -- it's a salsa bowl!

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post Dec 26 2005, 12:20 PM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Dec 24 2005, 06:15 PM)
New SS Update - "December 23, 2005
We had a long meeting about that at mid-week, and the consensus decision was to head for El Dorado."


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And wasn't that the best Xmas gift I could have this year?
Yes yes it was...
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post Dec 26 2005, 03:41 PM
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From S.S. update:
...We should begin the drive on about Sol 704, and we're hoping it will go quickly. Expect Spirit to do a lot of driving and (except at El Dorado) not much IDD work in the weeks ahead...."

Looks like that long drives started...
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Is that Commanche rear hazcams view?


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post Dec 26 2005, 04:24 PM
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Seems to be. Here is a current NavCam showing Eldorado without Comanche in the way...

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post Dec 26 2005, 05:16 PM
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O.K.
There are few new pictures at exploratorium including this one showing Commanche behind...

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post Dec 27 2005, 08:57 AM
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Dvandorn: "Ah, the basal geology now becomes apparent. Home Plate isn't an ancient, eroded crater remnant -- it's a salsa bowl!"

Unfortunately, Spirit isn't instrumented for Guacamole!
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post Dec 27 2005, 10:45 AM
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Spirit drived a lot...It stopped at about...1/3 of the way to El Dorado?
It wouldn't surprise if when today images arrive we were facing the Undae...


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post Dec 27 2005, 02:50 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Dec 27 2005, 10:45 AM)
Spirit drived a lot...It stopped at about...1/3 of the way to El Dorado?
It wouldn't surprise if when today images arrive we were facing the Undae...
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One more stretch and...

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/na...SRP0755L0M1.JPG

This was the Sol Spirit crossed the border between light and shadow...We are now in Ultreya ground...
I'm happy! rolleyes.gif

Isn't all that sand a beauty?...

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/pa...SRP2427L7M1.JPG


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post Dec 27 2005, 02:51 PM
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Now can they resist the urge to stop at that outcrop between Spirit's current position and El Dorado and just keep on driving?
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QUOTE (Burmese @ Dec 27 2005, 02:51 PM)
Now can they resist the urge to stop at that outcrop between Spirit's current position and El Dorado and just keep on driving?
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I believe it will be a non-stop driving till El Dorado...


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post Dec 27 2005, 02:56 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Dec 27 2005, 03:45 AM)
Spirit drived a lot...It stopped at about...1/3 of the way to El Dorado?
It wouldn't surprise if when today images arrive we were facing the Undae...
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As of 12/17/2005 posting on exploatorium it looks like the dunes of El Dorado are no more than a few feet away.

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post Dec 27 2005, 03:15 PM
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Look what is left from the Ultreya cerimonial totem... ph34r.gif

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v352/ustrax/uh.jpg



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original here:
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/spirit/pa...SRP2427L7M1.JPG


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post Dec 27 2005, 04:03 PM
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