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To the Cape! (part 2), For real this time!
Tesheiner
post Jul 1 2008, 06:32 AM
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Images are being downlinked everyday but there might be a problem in the pipe between JPL and the public sites.
Not the first neither the last time it will happen.
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post Jul 1 2008, 06:50 AM
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Both Canberra and the Madrid DSN stations have MER1 Opportunity tracking passes scheduled this week.
We have one 65 minute pass happening just a few hours from now between 8.55-10.00 UTC.
It's an uplink, with a radio science downlink ("beep").

I agree with Tesheiner...not an unusual matter for there to be no updates over the 'weekend'.
Be patient, I'm sure our girl is OK.

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post Jul 1 2008, 07:24 AM
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Yes, don't worry, the data is arriving in the tracking database as normal. As Tesheiner says, just a problem with the system that gets the images out to us, it's happened many times before. Jim needs to give something a kick. smile.gif


To put your mind at ease here is a stamp from yestersol (1576) off the tracking site. smile.gif

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post Jul 1 2008, 08:15 AM
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Just found this entry on an interview to S.S. by space.com. Nothing really new but it's good to know they are still sticking to the plan of touching the wall.
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Once all that is done, the robot will be commanded to try and get even closer to the cliff both to improve the resolution of images taken and to get the instruments on the rover's robotic arm onto bedrock.
"Whether we'll be able to accomplish this or not, though, we don't know," Squyres added. "The terrain here is very steep, and we obviously don't want to venture so close to the cliff that we're in its shadow. So we'll see."
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post Jul 1 2008, 04:21 PM
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QUOTE (Bill Harris @ Jun 29 2008, 10:58 PM) *
My initial, and continuing, impression of the Anatolia Features is that they are solution cavities along joints (or rather, a joint system intermittently widened by solution cavities). That is, until more evidence comes our way... biggrin.gif


If the joints were created or modified by solution it seem reasonable to hope that there might be evidence of deposits at the rock-atmosphere interface. Who knows? Maybe some of the rocks that previously lined the cracks in Victoria crater and then tumbled out will have some type of deposit visible?

I think it would be really cool to stick Oppy's arm deep into one of the accessible cracks and get an APXS and Mossbauer measurement to compare with the "normal" exposed cliff face. That might furnish a hint of underground solution transport since the crack formed.

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post Jul 2 2008, 11:30 PM
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There's a burp in the imagery pipeline somewhere obviously - the people that need to know, now know.
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post Jul 2 2008, 11:54 PM
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QUOTE (Juramike @ Jul 1 2008, 07:21 PM) *
"Put your hand in the box...."
-Mike

I gather we 'll have an APXS of spice soon ... smile.gif
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post Jul 3 2008, 03:26 AM
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QUOTE (TheChemist @ Jul 3 2008, 12:54 AM) *
I gather we 'll have an APXS of spice soon ... smile.gif


At the other end of the planet, I sure hope Phoenix's scoop isn't mistaken for a thumper. ph34r.gif
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post Jul 3 2008, 06:43 AM
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QUOTE (djellison @ Jul 3 2008, 01:30 AM) *
There's a burp in the imagery pipeline somewhere obviously - the people that need to know, now know.


I just hope it's solved soon, otherwise we'll probably be without the daily MER "fix" until after the US holidays.
On a different topic, I just checked the planned sequences to find that Opportunity is scheduled to move on sol 1582; that will be this sunday.

To the Cape!
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post Jul 6 2008, 09:52 PM
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Exploratorium is Back Up. Woo hoo!!


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post Jul 6 2008, 10:02 PM
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peter59 you just beat me to it. I was starting to think of the old "If a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it..." as applied to spacecraft: Does a spacecraft exist if UMSFers don't see the relayed pictures? Spirit and Opportunity were fading like the Cheshire Cat--not gone, but just starting to fade. rolleyes.gif



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post Jul 6 2008, 10:39 PM
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The blockage is free, but there;s a backlog we're missing. Hopefully it will filter thru.
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post Jul 6 2008, 11:15 PM
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Really good to see fresh pics again. It looks like tosol's (1582) drive was a short drive away from Verde:
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...B2P1213L0M1.JPG
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post Jul 7 2008, 10:03 AM
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> The blockage is free, but there;s a backlog we're missing. Hopefully it will filter thru.

I hope so. There're a lot of "juicy" pictures on this missing batch: Half of the latest mosaic and the whole superres shots.
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Time for harvest !!!!
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...cam/2008-07-07/


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