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Endeavour Drive - Drivability analysis
Juramike
post Oct 8 2008, 03:28 AM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Oct 7 2008, 03:46 AM) *
AFAIK, these map projected HiRISE pictures have a resolution of 25cm/pix (4 pix/m). Check the "observation toolbox" for e.g. PSP_001414_1780 and PSP_009141_1780.


Thanks, Eduardo!

Shame on me for not checking the HiRise site. But I am pretty pleased that based on a rough estimate I came up with a value only 21% different from the actual value.

The corrected numbers give a big scary dune wavelength of 22 pixels = 5.5 m

Here is a corrected image of the "50 m crater" with a more accurate scale bar:
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post Oct 8 2008, 06:29 AM
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Fascinating... I would have thought the three, smooth and southerly trending surfaces would be the initial way to go. Now, I am not so sure. It will be interesting to see where Opportunity wanders.


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post Oct 8 2008, 10:39 PM
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Well, it finally happened. I just got off the the phone with Project Management and in spite of me stating pretty clearly and more than once that my participation in this forum is done on a personal level, not in my official position at JPL I have been told to stop. I am truly sorry and pretty upset, but as I said at the beginning I love my job and intend to keep it. It has been fun while it lasted.

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post Oct 8 2008, 10:53 PM
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Thank you, Paolo. It seemed to good to last, frankly, but it was indeed fun while it lasted. Your contributions were hugely appreciated.

P.S. Whenever we see a 130 meter plus drive, we'll think of you smile.gif
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post Oct 8 2008, 11:06 PM
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Well at least we know "Project Management" still checks in here now and then. rolleyes.gif

I will join Mike in thanking you as well Paolo.



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post Oct 9 2008, 12:05 AM
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Thank you for a thrilling educational adventure, Paolo!
I've been a friend of JPL all my life, but now I'm feeling like a dedicated partner, a devout supporter for the rest of my life.
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post Oct 9 2008, 01:13 AM
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QUOTE (RoverDriver @ Oct 8 2008, 05:39 PM) *
Well, it finally happened....



...silly but strangely apropos...

"Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again."
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post Oct 9 2008, 02:36 AM
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QUOTE (Beauford @ Oct 8 2008, 03:13 PM) *
. strangely apropos...
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again."

True, but it doesn't seem the same without Roy and Dale singing it.
Myself, I'd like to sing a chorus of For he's a jolly good fellow. to Paolo.


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post Oct 9 2008, 03:42 AM
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QUOTE (Shaka @ Oct 8 2008, 08:36 PM) *
True, but it doesn't seem the same without Roy and Dale singing it.
Myself, I'd like to sing a chorus of For he's a jolly good fellow. to Paolo.


Well I can't argue with any of that.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wVq9-GtlvLU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1MsKW84b-7E
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post Oct 9 2008, 04:15 AM
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My main hope is that JPL understands how many dedicated friends (yes, and partners) Paolo made for his organization.


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post Oct 9 2008, 04:56 AM
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In retrospect, I guess I'd have to agree with mhoward that it was too good to last.

QUOTE (Beauford @ Oct 8 2008, 07:13 PM) *
...silly but strangely apropos...
"Happy trails to you, until we meet again...
(trailing quotation mark purposely omitted)

Beauford: I think you succinctly captured something strangely apropos about the situation in which we find ourselves. wink.gif I also enjoyed the relevant Youtube videos. Thanks.

So, where does the discussion go from here? It seems that it would be appropriate to ask where this short-lived relationship went wrong. Clearly we have a number of contributing members here that are rather closely involved with space exploration missions from numerous countries and international collaborations all over the planet. Our most recent friend and partner may have pushed the envelope further than others. But where did he cross the line? Was it the frequency of postings, the request for active participation and suggestions, his public notoriety, or what?

Hey! I thought it was really getting fun. What went wrong in this game?


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...or maybe too good NOT to last. mars.gif


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QUOTE (CosmicRocker @ Oct 8 2008, 10:56 PM) *
So, where does the discussion go from here?


It should (and will) go on as it did before. It's the nature of this beast. Unfortunately, it looks like it will do in the absence of one "really fun" feedback loop.

Sorry, but I can't help myself:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv6lHwWwO3w

Oh the irony.

(...no disrespect intended to anyone, especially Paolo.)


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post Oct 9 2008, 05:41 AM
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That's a real shame, Paolo. Very sad that you can't continue to play such an active part in the discussions here on UMSF, but I'm sure you'll be looking in on us often, and I'm also sure that many people here would like to thank you for allowing us to be a part of the MER adventure, indirectly, for a while. Even if the conversation has to stop now, I think you know that we'll all be walking alongside Oppy, and you, as the road to Endeavour opens up before us - whoever maps it out, and how. smile.gif

Safe driving Paolo!


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post Oct 9 2008, 05:49 AM
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First of all, thanks Paolo for the opportunity (no pun) given to this group to participate in the MER project.

> So, where does the discussion go from here?

Speaking of "drivability analysis", the topic (imo) is almost finished unless someone wants to try a new technic or improve its own one.
Speaking of after "drivability analysis", well, we should go back to "back-seat driving mode".
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