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Post Conjunction: Santa Maria to Cape York, The Journey to 'Spirit Point'
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post Apr 26 2011, 08:51 PM
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"Unalaska", from Sol 2553...

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...and the obligatory 3D view...

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Interesting rock, that... Named after http://unalaska-ak.us ?


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post Apr 26 2011, 09:01 PM
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Because the higher ups vetoed the name "Deadliest Catch."


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post Apr 26 2011, 10:17 PM
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lol, I work on that show smile.gif
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post Apr 26 2011, 10:29 PM
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Good name, if you've ever seen the Aleutians...smile.gif


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post Apr 26 2011, 10:48 PM
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RtE blog post now up, with lotsa pics: http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/2011/...te-to-cape-york


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post Apr 27 2011, 03:18 PM
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It looks like we caught a gust/DD on the horizon on sol 2561:
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...1M1.JPG?sol2561
Compare with this navcam view on the same sol - the light-coloured gust isn't visible here:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all...3QP1997R0M1.JPG
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post Apr 27 2011, 04:26 PM
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I'm a bit puzzled by the apparent plan to initially target the south side of Cape York. The "wedge"/valley on the northeast side is clearly a target of interest, and the obvious next destination following Cape York would be the taller rim peaks to the south, so it makes more sense to me to make the initial "landing" at the (closer) north end, then work through targets of interest between there and the south side, finally departing Cape York southwards. My best guess is a higher priority put on seeing minerals in that south-side crater before MSL does the same elsewhere.
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post Apr 27 2011, 04:33 PM
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QUOTE (algorimancer @ Apr 27 2011, 08:26 AM) *
My best guess is a higher priority put on seeing minerals in that south-side crater before MSL does the same elsewhere.

Sibling rivalry. There's no way Opportunity is going to let her younger sister make the big discovery when the same achievement is within her reach.


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post Apr 27 2011, 05:38 PM
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Why does Spirit's Evidence of Phyllosilicate in Wooly Patch not count as the "big discovery"? Using the same instruments (in a weaker state), will Opportunity be able to document any discovery better than Spirit?
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post Apr 28 2011, 08:38 AM
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The L2 Pancamview on Sol 2579.

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post Apr 28 2011, 02:20 PM
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... and with a 10x stretch of the above pan, there is EGD's 'etched' area (post #245 above) right ahead. It does look very distinctive like this, or from above, but oddly bland when you're right on it.

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post Apr 28 2011, 03:42 PM
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QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Apr 26 2011, 02:25 PM) *
I've been waiting for someone to comment on this different looking texture we will be approaching in the next week.


I had quite high hopes for that area too, as I did for an area of "mounds and domes" a way back. But now we are almost on top of it, a 3D view shows it's nothing special, really just a trick of the light...

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On the other hand, the "double crater" up ahead is starting to look interesting...

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post Apr 29 2011, 07:21 AM
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Looks like a slight detour on the way to Double Crater...

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/tm-...B_Sol2579_1.jpg

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post Apr 29 2011, 09:15 AM
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Unfortunately I think that was not the case. I just checked the data available for today's drive and this is the result.
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Actually, there was a mid-drive stop to take a whole 360 navcam panorama and a pancam mosaic of that etched area, but the drive continued afterwards directly towards the double-crater.

I'll update the route map later on.
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Apr 29 2011, 10:15 AM) *
Unfortunately I think that was not the case.


Suits me, I couldn't see the appeal of that spot anyway laugh.gif


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