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Post Conjunction: Santa Maria to Cape York, The Journey to 'Spirit Point'
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post Apr 2 2011, 05:35 PM
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You got me cold, Phil; kapton is the devil! tongue.gif

EDIT: Forgot to add the traditional "Watch it, Map Boy!" Apologies for the oversight... smile.gif


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post Apr 2 2011, 05:42 PM
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And I foolishly edited the last post to insert an image, so now it's in the limbo of the previous page.

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post Apr 2 2011, 06:49 PM
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The RAT could chew off the Kapton if it becomes a problem. Probably not.
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post Apr 3 2011, 01:14 AM
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QUOTE (walfy @ Apr 2 2011, 11:49 AM) *
The RAT could chew off the Kapton if it becomes a problem. Probably not.


No it couldn't. Firstly - even a healthy arm wouldn't be commanded to touch that as it's well within the keep-out zone for self-contact. For goodness sake, it's ON A SUSPENSION STRUT and RIGHT NEXT TO TO CABLES THAT DRIVE A WHEEL. You would have to actually want to kill the rover to put the rat to work over there.

Secondly - the arm ISN'T healthy - and can't reach there anymore anyway.
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post Apr 3 2011, 09:10 AM
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Oh, I love this rock...

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post Apr 3 2011, 09:40 AM
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Looking back and around on Sol 2552 with
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post Apr 3 2011, 10:47 AM
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Some very interesting features up ahead - circular, pedastal-like domey...things... which have been catching my eye for quite a while now. There are many more of them closer to Cape York, so it'll be interesting to get a close look at some of them early on in our drive.

To provide scale I've dropped some virtual Oppys onto this image, which shows one possible route (bottom to top = west to east... ish... kind of...) for the next few sols, taking her towards the features.

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I've made a lot more images relating to this, but, again, rather than bombard UMSF's server with them I've put them in a post over on my blog, which I hope some of you will take a look at:

http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/2011/...the-great-plain


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post Apr 3 2011, 02:33 PM
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(Stu, I think that should read bottom to top.)

Those domey things are interesting, and I don't recall seeing features like them before. They're surrounded by the "darkened terrain" that mhoward pointed out long ago. Though I can't see any depth on your 3D pic, Stu, I get the impression the domes are a bit higher than the dark terrain. But hopefully we'll find out soon. Presumably the "domes" are the insides of old craters that were perhaps filled with a harder material than the outsides (unless they're lower than the dark terrain, in which case the outsides were harder).

We can also see how much we've climbed recently looking back at Santa Maria - the rim doesn't even cut the horizon any more:
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...0M1.JPG?sol2554
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post Apr 3 2011, 03:52 PM
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Right Fred - plus that pic shows why Santa Maria was so hard to spot coming from the uphill side.

Looking at the little hazard avoidance dance steps, you have to ask - why worry?

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post Apr 3 2011, 04:15 PM
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Looking back - sol 2552 Navcam



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That last one in particular should look great with PDS images instead of compressed JPGs.
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post Apr 3 2011, 06:12 PM
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What's with the little wheel slews in the tracks every meter or so in the latter panorama? Is that an anti-dig-in measure, or a traction check?


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post Apr 3 2011, 06:16 PM
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Check out this post.
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post Apr 3 2011, 06:51 PM
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Yeah, I saw that, Fred, but the puzzle pieces didn't click for me till just now; thanks!


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post Apr 3 2011, 09:30 PM
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QUOTE (Stu @ Apr 3 2011, 11:10 AM) *
Oh, I love this rock...

Uh! Really?!? smile.gif

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post Apr 3 2011, 10:31 PM
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Heavy, man! blink.gif smile.gif


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