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The Start of the Drive East, Up to Cambridge Bay
fredk
post Jun 1 2010, 04:36 PM
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I think there are a number of reasons to start a new thread. Squyres has confirmed we have turned east. We've passed the solstice and sunlight is now improving. Also we should be past the worst of the dunes now.

And, we've finally gotten new pics down! biggrin.gif And for the first time I can recall, the jpl site has beaten exploratorium! Here are the lookbacks after the 2252 and 2254 drives:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all...KCP1795R0M1.JPG
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all...NDP1777R0M1.JPG
For those who don't know, the jpl site is one sol out of synch. You should add one sol to those numbers (2252 and 2254) to get the actual sols.

There was a new drive on sol 2256:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all...Q8P1212R0M1.JPG
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post Jun 1 2010, 05:07 PM
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Thanks, Fred!

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post Jun 1 2010, 05:13 PM
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In regards to the discussion in the previous thread concerning the "geo"morphology of the benches around the Endeavour crater rim hills, this is one case where many possible explanations will be resolved [maybe] by the ground-truth of rover examination.
My personal working idea is that there were periods characterized by seasonal ice cover, which would be sometimes mobilized by bottom-ice-surface melting/brine-ing, which led to the ramp erosion seen in Victoria. On a larger scale, that could lead to some features seen on the Endeavour rim, which have some glacial-looking aspects (thinner ice, in the scenario I'm thinking of). They could be evaporite or wave benches, too, but the situation remains murky (and mostly below freezing, too).
We will also be descending from the rise we have been traveling on into darker-looking stuff, which may be the darker sediments seen a few feet down the the craters examined. One wonders if the pavement will be quantitatively different there.
Looking forward to the unknown...
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post Jun 1 2010, 06:32 PM
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QUOTE (fredk @ Jun 1 2010, 06:36 PM) *

I'm waiting for the navcam mosaic from this same site to update the map... Meanwhile, say that based on the ripples' direction that was a SE drive, at least on it's latest portion.
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post Jun 2 2010, 02:18 AM
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Phil's 1km annotated map on the 'distant vistas' thread and Tesh's route map, make for a nice combined view of the rest of Opportunity's journey to the East (east-south-east-ish).
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So close and yet, still so far away. Go Oppy!
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post Jun 2 2010, 02:22 AM
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blink.gif ...beautiful, yet sobering!


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post Jun 2 2010, 02:39 AM
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We now know the naming convention to be used on Endeavour:

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"Well, Endeavour was one of James Cook's ships, so the places along the rim of Endeavour will be named after places discovered and explored by James Cook on his Endeavour expedition," he informed. And the spot where Opportunity will make first 'landfall' will receive one of those names, he added. A quick review of historical accounts indicates that Opportunity on arrival, and perhaps even as she gets nearer to her destination, will explore locations and targets nicknamed Tahiti, Huahine, Borabora, Raiatea, Sydney Cove, Botany Bay or Saint Helena. Time will tell."


Let's put Botany Bay in reserve... until such time as Oppy actually discovers Martian botany. rolleyes.gif
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post Jun 3 2010, 04:40 AM
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A few maps on Oppy's present distance from "landfall," using references closer to home. Present location of rover is roughly in the upper-right corner. I used Phil's 1 km annotated map, the grid of which is partially visible on the path. This will be one historic push. Go Oppy!

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Here's reference familiar to some...!


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post Jun 3 2010, 05:19 AM
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Hey, really useful context, Walfy, thanks! smile.gif


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post Jun 3 2010, 05:44 AM
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QUOTE (walfy @ Jun 3 2010, 05:40 AM) *
A few maps on Oppy's present distance from "landfall," using references closer to home.


You, Sir, are a genius! Thanks for those, really useful. I might have a couple of requests for you later... wink.gif


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post Jun 3 2010, 05:50 AM
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Thought somehow you might, Stu. wink.gif This is a brilliant idea for outreach!


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QUOTE (nprev @ Jun 3 2010, 06:50 AM) *
Thought somehow you might, Stu. wink.gif This is a brilliant idea for outreach!


...and a brilliant and perfect addition to our August 14th Solar System Scale Model...! laugh.gif


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post Jun 3 2010, 08:09 AM
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I can't recognize that last one walfy; where is that?

Still a good idea, as long as they have a label!
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post Jun 3 2010, 08:23 AM
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[quote name='walfy' date='Jun 2 2010, 08:40 PM' post='160468']
A few maps on Oppy's present distance from "landfall," using references closer to home. Present location of rover is roughly in the upper-right corner. I used Phil's 1 km annotated map, the grid of which is partially visible on the path. This will be one historic push. Go Oppy!

Oops! I should have written "upper-left corner" for the present location of the rover on those reference maps. The last mystery location is Oppy's birthplace at least where she was assembled, and where the drivers do their driving, I'm assuming, could be wrong. Namely, JPL.

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post Jun 3 2010, 08:25 AM
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Yes, I had the feeling it would be JPL, thanks for confirming it!

Keep on trucking Oppy...
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