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Spirit's New Adventures, The Mission Beyond 1000 Sols
Astro0
post Nov 6 2006, 11:39 PM
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With Spirit starting to get on the move again (even though it's a very small first step), I think that it's high time we got a new topic going and re-invigorate the Spirit thread.

OK. Spirit's moving again after 6 months at Low Ridge.
Here's an animation of the turn (enhanced Front Haz Cam).
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A big cheer for our little girl at Gusev. biggrin.gif
Let's support her with lots of discussion on UMSF.

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post Nov 7 2006, 12:13 AM
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Indeed.

Since it's like a whole new mission (albeit one that will be starting slowly), here's the Sol 1010 Navcam mosaic so far...

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post Nov 7 2006, 12:16 AM
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Great idea.

Looks like this turn was to bring the stuff disturbed by the broken wheel into arms reach. I wonder if we'll see another turn in the next few weeks to get that thin outcropping into reach?


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post Nov 7 2006, 08:01 AM
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Eppur si muove wheel.gif


**we know Galileo Galilei didn't said that, but it seams appropriate for Spirit


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post Nov 7 2006, 10:21 AM
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Here is first movement seen through the eyes

of the Left Rear Hazcam on Sol 1010.

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post Nov 7 2006, 10:34 AM
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"On the road again" good, very good.
I believe that the rover will take his road to McCool Hill, doesn't it?


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post Nov 7 2006, 10:36 AM
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QUOTE (Ant103 @ Nov 7 2006, 10:34 AM) *
"On the road again" good, very good.
I believe that the rover will take his road to McCool Hill, doesn't it?


I think it will be back to Home Plate... smile.gif
Ready to rock! biggrin.gif


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post Nov 7 2006, 10:48 AM
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When Spirit gets back to Homeplate, I think it will be interesting to see if its new instrument, the RFW-TT (ie: the Right Front Wheel - Trenching Tool) will first of all still allow Spirit to still climb up on top, and secondly to see what it uncovers underneath the top layer of HP material as it gets as it gets dragged up the side and across the top of the formation.

Will it uncover anything new? I call for speculation - as so many UMSF'ers are so good at doing.

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post Nov 7 2006, 12:17 PM
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That's a good idea Astro0.
I wonder if the team will actualy use the RFW-TT as a tool. I guess it could be used to move little "flat rocks" to uncover what under looks like; we'll call it RFW-WFR then (With Flat Rock).
Doug, we need a "no longer turning weel" in the Smillies wink.gif
About speculation, the easiest to think about will be salt, more salt, much more salt


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post Nov 7 2006, 06:19 PM
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For the sake of completeness, here's a front hazcam animation showing the full extent of the new movement:
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post Nov 7 2006, 06:25 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Nov 7 2006, 10:36 AM) *
I think it will be back to Home Plate... smile.gif
Ready to rock! biggrin.gif


It's definite; Steve says in Doug's new interview that they will be going back to Home Plate to explore thoroughly, as soon as the power levels are good enough to get off the north-facing slope. He also says the broken wheel means that our girl can't climb mountains anymore, which is too bad. But I'm sure they'll get as much science out of her as possible, and it will be exciting.
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post Nov 7 2006, 08:48 PM
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ONWARDS, SPIRIT.…

One day – next year… next week…
Tomorrow..? – you’ll absently click
Your grubby mice and find one of us died,
Leaving her sister behind, blissfully unaware
She will end her days roving Barsoom’s
Lonely ochre plains alone.

You’ll check all the usual suspect websites,
Refusing to believe that one brutal truth of which
Both of us were so aware: Out There nothing
Is immortal. Beacon-bright stars, even galaxies die; why
Did you convince yourselves a rover could live forever?

But you’ll sit there, staring
At your flat-screens, flatly denying what you’re seeing
With your own wide eyes, crying
“You’re lying!” when reading someone’s mis-spelt
Post announcing “Now there’s only One – “

It will probably not be me.

No, don’t deny it. My faithful friends, this pill cannot
Be sugar-coated. Not now, not after 1000 sols
Of eating this world’s deadly dust and gulping
Down its brittle, cracked-ice air.
Each dawn I see is one closer to my last.
My sols are short, I know that;
These old wheels have only so many
Tortured turns left before they seize,
Freezing solid in the frail duricrust
This frozen-dust covered world calls earth.

But be content! I am not spent yet! The climbing
Sun is warming me again, and as you read these words
The hoarfrost coating my cabled veins thaws!
Soon Homeplate’s layered and ragged raws
will reappear before your eyes…

All I ask is that you walk with me
For I am weary, and my ruined wheel feels
Heavier every sol: the ascent of Husband
Took its toll on me, wounding me
More than I knew. I shall not climb again.

But I am ready to move on. Too long
this rock-strewn ridge has been my home;
The stones scattered at the Columbias’ feet
call out to me again and I would gaze up at their peaks
One more time before I die..

So walk by my side, my friends; walk and talk
To me of the sunsets we have shared
And maybe I will dare to believe you
When you tell me “Your body may die,
But your Spirit will live forever…”

© Stuart Atkinson 2006


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post Nov 7 2006, 09:49 PM
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Stu,
I hope the guys and girls at SPIRIT mission control read your verse.
They have stuck with their girl throughout the winter and probably feel as cold as she does.
I'm sure that if they read your words they will feel as heart-warmed as I did.

Good stuff.
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PS: When is Stu's Book of Martian verse coming out?
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post Nov 7 2006, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (climber @ Nov 7 2006, 09:01 AM) *
Eppur si muove wheel.gif

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Beautiful and inspiring verse, Stu!


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post Nov 7 2006, 10:36 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Nov 7 2006, 09:49 PM) *
Stu,
I hope the guys and girls at SPIRIT mission control read your verse.


Me too! smile.gif I've tried a few times to find out if any of them have... and if they have seen the pictures artists like you make... but no success. I know Steve S has read a couple of them cos I've sent him them directly, and he said he liked them, but as for a wider audience within JPL, well, no idea...

As long as people here like them, I'm happy smile.gif


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