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Opportunity Route Map
Phil Stooke
post Jun 22 2006, 09:48 AM
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Phil reporting from Salisbury, UK: so I looked up vermilion in the dictionary and now I think I was right and Steve Squyres was wrong (or at least whoever wrote that previous link). So my spelling stays.

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post Jun 22 2006, 10:09 AM
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Phil is right.

In Utah, between Zion National Park and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument,

north of highway 89 are the VERMILION CLIFFS with 1L.

I was there in 2000 and have seen them. Great panorama.

See also Hallwag USA Road Guide no.6 Southwest.

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post Jun 22 2006, 10:28 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Jun 22 2006, 10:48 AM) *
Phil reporting from Salisbury, UK


What about the solstice Phil? Is there a field report? smile.gif

Around here was discovered some years ago the Solstice Stone in Tambores, Vila Nova de Foz Côa:



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post Jun 22 2006, 11:15 AM
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Googling "vermilion" _vs_ "vermillion" cliffs gives 372,000 _vs_ 94,000 hits, respectively, so "vermilion" has the edge, although "vermillion" appears to be a common useage.

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post Jun 22 2006, 01:00 PM
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QUOTE (jvandriel @ Jun 22 2006, 11:09 AM) *
Phil is right.


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Phil is more right than wrong, but not absolutley right. Webster's (US) dictionary has one L as the main spelling and two LLs as an acceptable variant. English English dictionaries vary but seem to tend the same way. The word's origins are in the Middle English "vermelion", one L. Either is fine, and both are correct.

Linguistically onwards, Kenny
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post Jun 23 2006, 08:17 AM
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Route map, updated to sol 857.

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A loooong drive this time (50+ meters), nice to see that. Because this new site has no significant features to correlate with the background map and the distance measurements based on parallax are not quite precise if you select dune features, I simply used the info from the pancam data tracking web to plot this new position: 6m eastwards and 52m southwards from sol 855's.
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post Jun 23 2006, 04:44 PM
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A notable milestone?
It looks like Opportunity is just now one VC diameter away from the near rim.
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post Jun 23 2006, 04:48 PM
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Also to be celebrated, Oppy passed the 5 mile distance traveled mark back around Sol 850. Great job to the Rover team!!! Poor Spirit...no longer in the running.


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post Jun 23 2006, 05:59 PM
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QUOTE (MizarKey @ Jun 23 2006, 11:48 AM) *
Also to be celebrated, Oppy passed the 5 mile distance traveled mark back around Sol 850. Great job to the Rover team!!! Poor Spirit...no longer in the running.


One short stroll for a man, one long journey for roverkind. biggrin.gif

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post Jun 23 2006, 06:11 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Jun 23 2006, 03:17 AM) *
A loooong drive this time (50+ meters), nice to see that. Because this new site has no significant features to correlate with the background map and the distance measurements based on parallax are not quite precise if you select dune features, I simply used the info from the pancam data tracking web to plot this new position: 6m eastwards and 52m southwards from sol 855's.


4-5 more drives like that and we'll be out of the dunes ^h^h^h^h^h ripples, and onto the Beagle Crater visitor parking lot.

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post Jun 23 2006, 06:14 PM
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I'm just a little amused when I recall that, in less than nine total days on the lunar surface, the three Apollo lunar rovers traveled on the order of 50 km, total.

I know, I know -- the circumstances are entirely different. And you *do* get a more thorough investigation of the site when you stop every few meters than if you sprint for three or more km at a time. It's astounding and greatly appreciated, what these rovers can do.

I guess I'm just saying there's a long way to go... and I look forward to every step along the way.

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post Jun 23 2006, 06:23 PM
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Anyone think they'll have a press conference when they arrive at Victoria crater? Haven't had one for months.. maybe more than a year.
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QUOTE (centsworth_II @ Jun 23 2006, 06:44 PM) *
A notable milestone?
It looks like Opportunity is just now one VC diameter away from the near rim.

Which means 2 VC diameters away from the Beacon tongue.gif


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post Jun 26 2006, 01:49 AM
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Here's where I think we are on sol 860 - based on the tracking data, there aren't many 'islands' in sight to get a fix on at the moment.

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post Jun 27 2006, 04:25 AM
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QUOTE (jamescanvin @ Jun 25 2006, 08:49 PM) *
Here's where I think we are on sol 860 - based on the tracking data, there aren't many 'islands' in sight to get a fix on at the moment.

James

James,

I think that the sol 860 route is still 2 milimeters back (north) and one crest on the East. The hint is the next small outcrop is still south of Oppy. Also, the other hint, is the mini-meteorite crater on the second crest left of Oppy (somewhat blur at sol 858 and clear at sol 860).

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