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Cape York - Shoemaker Ridge and the NE traverse, Starting sol 2735
Stu
post Oct 4 2011, 12:20 PM
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Oppy's next destination - the Shoemaker Ridge...

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(3D version here http://roadtoendeavour.files.wordpress.com/2011/10/sr-3d.jpg )

Some more height...surrounded by lots of gorgeous rocks...view right across Endeavour... our first view too, probably, of the Promised Land in the centre of Cape York where the phylosillicates are waiting to be found...

Go get 'em, Oppy! smile.gif

Edit: looks like Oppy's on the move... smile.gif

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...84P1211L0M1.JPG


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post Oct 4 2011, 02:23 PM
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It looks like the 2735 move was towards the west, ie towards Odyssey crater, instead of directly towards Shoemaker ridge (north). Positioning for a drive north, or checking out Odyssey ejecta - we'll find out soon enough.

Edit: my guess is checking out Odyssey ejecta, since directly north looked totally drivable.
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post Oct 4 2011, 05:36 PM
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QUOTE (Bill Harris @ Oct 2 2011, 08:41 AM) *
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The outcrop Skead Kirkland Lake is one we've drooled at before and is an interesting-looking exposure. Why is there an unusual purplish iridescent sheen to the rock? I'll guess it's a weathering phenomenon, which is the important step in turning silicate rocks into clays. Wouldn't hurt to have a closer look-- not necessarily a full IDD session, but a series of close-in Pancams would be peachy.

http://i142.photobucket.com/albums/r91/wil...19P2398L2M1.jpg

Oppy moved today, and as suggested, the move is to outcrop Skead Kirkland Lake to the west, which is near Odyssey ejecta. A few sols drooling on that outcrop, then off to the Shoemaker Ridge site for looks at what I'm naming informally on my end "the Allen Formation". smile.gif

And some interesting imagery in the data pipeline today, so stay tuned...

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post Oct 5 2011, 12:32 PM
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Navcam panorama of Oppy's position on sol 2735.
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post Oct 5 2011, 07:45 PM
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The Pancam L2 view from Sol 2735 and 2736
stitched together.

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post Oct 6 2011, 02:13 PM
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Looks like a good drive roughly to the north (away from Tribulation) on 2737:
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...0M1.JPG?sol2737
I guess they only wanted to do some quick imaging at the previous site close to Odyssey.
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post Oct 6 2011, 02:49 PM
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It looks as though they're heading along the ridgetop upslope of "BostonCreek LarderLake". I was hoping to get a peek at the finely-bedded strata. Next area of interest may be that light-toned rectangular pattern on the way to the "summit crater" with the CRISM clays.

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post Oct 6 2011, 06:07 PM
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Looking north on this image, CY looks almost flat and featureless.
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...CVP1966L0M1.JPG
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post Oct 6 2011, 06:12 PM
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The Navcam L0 view in the drive direction on Sol 2737.
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post Oct 6 2011, 07:51 PM
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This looks like a precariously perched rock:
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But my guess is the lower left side of the rock looks like background when it's really part of the rock.
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post Oct 6 2011, 09:26 PM
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QUOTE (fredk @ Oct 6 2011, 08:51 PM) *
a precariously perched rock


Hey, let's go and give it a shove!
rolleyes.gif I know, I've got this irrational urge to look under rocks. I think it comes from playing on the beach as a child.
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post Oct 7 2011, 02:39 AM
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QUOTE (Bill Harris @ Oct 6 2011, 06:49 AM) *
It looks as though they're heading along the ridgetop upslope of "BostonCreek LarderLake". I was hoping to get a peek at the finely-bedded strata. Next area of interest may be that light-toned rectangular pattern on the way to the "summit crater" with the CRISM clays.

--Bill

Yeah, we're boogeying on out to Shoemaker Ridge as fast as we can. We need to do a detailed in-situ survey of north-facing slopes and plan out some lily-pads to take us through the Winter solstice (03/31/11).

Among other things.

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post Oct 7 2011, 03:01 AM
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10x precariously perched rock (noise cancel on stretched jpg ... argg)

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post Oct 7 2011, 04:52 AM
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Ah, I remember reading about the need to winter-over on a north-facing slope this year, so a boogie makes more sense than a mosey. Whatever we zip by now can be revisited on the return trip to Tribulation...

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post Oct 7 2011, 05:58 AM
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QUOTE (PDP8E @ Oct 6 2011, 09:01 PM) *
10x precariously perched rock (noise cancel on stretched jpg ... argg)

It looks like Nessie to me.


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