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Distant vistas, Endeavour, Iazu, and beyond
Tesheiner
post May 6 2011, 09:09 PM
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If you are talking about the hills seen on the latest batch of pancams, note that they are on the far side of Endeavour which is more than 20km away so these 2km make no difference. They will stay more or less at the same LoD.
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post May 6 2011, 09:21 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ May 6 2011, 10:09 PM) *
If you are talking about the hills seen on the latest batch of pancams, note that they are on the far side of Endeavour which is more than 20km away so these 2km make no difference. They will stay more or less at the same LoD.


Yes, I know that. I just think the distance to the north of Cape Tribulation shrunk from 7,5 km at SM to 5,6 km now.


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post May 7 2011, 02:03 PM
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Grrr.... you made me wonder about that, too, MoreInput! laugh.gif

Here you go... animation flicking between views of the Western Hills as seen from the edge of Santa Maria, and from the middle of the Mercury Cluster... we could see a LOT more of the hills from SM, because of the extra altitude there...

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post May 7 2011, 07:53 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ May 7 2011, 03:03 PM) *
Here you go... animation flicking between views of the Western Hills as seen from the edge of Santa Maria, and from the middle of the Mercury Cluster... we could see a LOT more of the hills from SM, because of the extra altitude there...



Thanks alot for this animation, Stu!



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post May 7 2011, 08:39 PM
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Reminds me of views of the Channel Islands from the California coast. From farther back (elevated) you see low points on the islands; closer to the coast (sea level) the mountains look like separate islands.
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post May 8 2011, 01:38 PM
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Nice Pancam view of distant rim on Sol 2588, this is an elaborated version (this is the original):
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Could someone identify the bright crater on the left?


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post May 8 2011, 01:52 PM
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QUOTE (dilo @ May 8 2011, 02:38 PM) *
Could someone identify the bright crater on the left?


Go to the end of this thread http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.php?showtopic=6897 where we're discussing this right now...




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post May 12 2011, 09:11 PM
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Nice view of the western hills tosol...

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post May 13 2011, 04:22 AM
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Thanks for that view Stu! I've been watching it grow with great joy.

I've been wondering if the controllers might do another super-res photo of them during a stop (like the idd one we will have now) on the off chance we loose the rover for what ever reason. Or would the time and downlink be too expensive?

Just sayin.

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post May 13 2011, 06:03 AM
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I can't see any benefit to such a thing. The resolution, even with super-res, is still orders of magnitude less than we see thanks to HiRISE.
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post May 13 2011, 02:08 PM
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QUOTE (monty python @ May 13 2011, 05:22 AM) *
I've been wondering if the controllers might do another super-res photo of them during a stop (like the idd one we will have now)

According to the latest update the plan is to move on immediately - no mention of IDD work.

About the superres, I'd like to see one, but these days we're viewing the western rim more and more "end-on", so the rim is getting very foreshortened, and so the planners may think it's not worth it.
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post May 13 2011, 02:52 PM
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I think the report is talking about moving on immediately after Skylab. Scott indicates that the IDD work is to be done following the next (~90 m) drive, presumably over the weekend.

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post May 13 2011, 04:17 PM
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QUOTE (fredk @ May 13 2011, 03:08 PM) *
but these days we're viewing the western rim more and more "end-on", so the rim is getting very foreshortened, and so the planners may think it's not worth it.


That's exactly what I've been thinking, Fred. The view of the western hills from Cape York is going to be pretty much "end on" and won't be as striking, I think, as the view across the crater to the eastern hills. Even though they'll still be what, 20km away, we'll be able to see them to their bases, with all the smaller craters on their slopes, which I'm really looking forward to. But then again we'll see subtle, close-up details in the north sides of Byron and cape Trib, so thete'll be lots for everyone I'm sure! smile.gif


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post May 13 2011, 07:20 PM
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QUOTE (Poolio @ May 13 2011, 04:52 PM) *
I think the report is talking about moving on immediately after Skylab. Scott indicates that the IDD work is to be done following the next (~90 m) drive, presumably over the weekend.

We left the area; that's confirmed by the "telemetry". Images should be available in 15min.
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post Jun 18 2011, 09:59 PM
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Calling the pancam team . . .

It's time to scan the SSW horizon again to check for possible visibility of Miyamoto. We've travelled far enough eastward to see round the left hand side of the topographic rise that obscured it after its first period of visibility, but soon we will descend too far for any hope of distant views in that direction. There may be more to see than previously - or nothing at all. Let's take a look!
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