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Endeavour Crater, And again shall we conquer the Remoteness
Nirgal
post Aug 31 2009, 07:47 AM
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QUOTE (MarsIsImportant @ Aug 31 2009, 02:43 AM) *
Will we actually get there?
what equipment will still work when we arrive?


With the recent improvements of the RF-wheel situation I'm very optimistic about that smile.gif

However it probably also depends on how much priority is given to actual driving versus long science stops ...

So it is encouraging to remember that the priority has been clearly set by the Rover's Lead from the beginning of the Trek and re-iterated in the press updates since then:

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"Drive, Drive, Drive" Squyres said.

"Opportunity is going for the home run of Endeavour Crater."

http://www.planetary.org/news/2009/0131_Ma...Spirit_and.html ://http://www.planetary.org/news/2009/...pirit_and.html



And I interpret this that it's not about record breaking single-sol drives or such ... Just a couple of months of slow but safe and steady daily progress without much interruptions is all we need to make serious progress towards the destination smile.gif

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post Aug 31 2009, 12:29 PM
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The horizon pan...no stretch.
If someone wants to start identifying craters/features and distances wink.gif

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post Aug 31 2009, 12:32 PM
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QUOTE (Nirgal @ Aug 31 2009, 01:47 AM) *
And I interpret this that it's not about record breaking single-sol drives or such ... Just a couple of months of slow but safe and steady daily progress without much interruptions is all we need to make serious progress towards the destination smile.gif


Under the current plan, a couple of months of slow, steady progress will actually take us farther away from the destination. biggrin.gif
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post Aug 31 2009, 02:49 PM
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QUOTE (Astro0 @ Aug 31 2009, 01:29 PM) *
If someone wants to start identifying craters/features and distances wink.gif

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Here is your pan with 3x Phil-O, lined up with an inverse polar image of Endeavour/Iazu and with a few guide lines added.

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post Aug 31 2009, 03:40 PM
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Thanks a lot for that Astro and James. This will be a great reference image for identifying old and new features.
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post Aug 31 2009, 03:44 PM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Aug 31 2009, 03:49 PM) *
Here is your pan with 3x Phil-O, lined up with an inverse polar image of Endeavour/Iazu and with a few guide lines added.


THAT's why I love this place. No sooner had I thought "Wow... I wish I knew which peaks those actually are..." than someone showed me. Great work guys, appreciate it. Quite thrilling to see Endeavour's rim peeking over the horizon, isn't it? smile.gif


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post Aug 31 2009, 04:36 PM
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Couldn't agree more with you Stu but the question here is...
are we there yet?! smile.gif



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post Aug 31 2009, 07:59 PM
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QUOTE (ustrax @ Aug 31 2009, 06:36 PM) *
are we there yet?! smile.gif


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PS.: Cartoon originally made by Ustrax back in the good old "The Abyss" times smile.gif
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post Sep 25 2009, 01:45 PM
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And off we go! I hope Oppy will reach Endeavour crater, it would be a fantastic achivement! Go Oppy!
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post Sep 26 2009, 11:00 PM
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QUOTE (Robert S @ Sep 25 2009, 11:15 PM) *
And off we go!


Welcome Robert! Lucky the atmosphere of Mars is so thin as we won't need goggles over the coming weeks! Seriously - we're on one of the greatest scientific treks of all time and I have to keep pinching myself that we've been asked along for the ride..... pretty well in real time. (I'm a complete sucker for what's over the next hill, here on Earth!!)
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QUOTE (HughFromAlice @ Sep 27 2009, 01:00 AM) *
Welcome Robert! Lucky the atmosphere of Mars is so thin as we won't need goggles over the coming weeks! Seriously - we're on one of the greatest scientific treks of all time and I have to keep pinching myself that we've been asked along for the ride..... pretty well in real time. (I'm a complete sucker for what's over the next hill, here on Earth!!)


Thank you, HughFromAlice! I just agree to 100%. It is AMAZING to see new raw pictures everyday, to read what you all know about these rovers, and just to try to imagine how advanced, skillfull and amazing all of this is!
I will keep reading alot in these forums, but maybe i will not talk so much as my understanding and knowledge about this is nothing compared to what you guys know. Thank you all for this forum!

// Robert

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