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MSL Post Landing - Commissioning Period & Early Observations, Commissioning Activity Period 1B - Sols 9 through 16
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post Aug 14 2012, 06:24 PM
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Now that Curiosity has her driving and science software installed and is ready to proceed, I figured it was time for a new thread. Please keep sol 0-8 discussion in the previous thread (including discussion of the full-frame MARDIs, as they come down), and post new stuff here.

Things to look forward to: a Mastcam pan of the top of the mountain to be uplinked in the next sol or two; testing of the steering actuators on sol 13; first drive on sol 15. This period, which Grotzinger told me would take "no fewer than 6 sols," will be followed by an "Intermission," during which the science team may choose to drive to a new site (not very far away) for Commissioning Activity Period 2, when they'll commission the arm and its instruments.

Also, an admin note: we allowed a lot of chit-chat in the landing thread because we were all so excited about the successful landing smile.gif But as we move forward, I'd like to ask people to be mindful of forum rule 2.2. The strength of this forum is in its high signal-to-noise ratio; avoid posting things that just say "wow, awesome" or "I agree." Please keep chit-chat to the chit-chat forum.


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post Aug 14 2012, 06:56 PM
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Will that Mountain Pan be with Mastcam 34 or 100 or both?
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post Aug 14 2012, 07:25 PM
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Do we know the extent of the pan? A narrow field of view capturing the peak and nearby foot hills, or a full sweep capturing edge to edge?


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post Aug 14 2012, 07:26 PM
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As we look forward what will the bottlenecks to reaching the primary science target be? It seems there are a few:

- available power
- ability to get data back from the rover (limited number of overflights), one set of commands per day
- limited ability to operate autonomously
- "distractions" from other science targets
- wheel speed

Any others? Which one is the biggest limitation?
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post Aug 14 2012, 07:31 PM
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Anomalies. From my initial analysis it seems that the area is pretty benign both in terms of slopes and in terms of obstacles, therefore we will be able to drive "blind" most of the time and use autonav to extend the drives beyond what we can see. We don't have a good sense on how far we can drive per Sol yet.

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post Aug 16 2012, 01:09 PM
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Wow, some images just came in from ChemCam and NAVCAM that were taken just 4 hours ago on sol 10 (that's to-sol). Curiosity and its relays firing on all cylinders.


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post Aug 16 2012, 04:25 PM
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QUOTE (jmknapp @ Aug 16 2012, 08:09 AM) *
Wow, some images just came in from ChemCam and NAVCAM that were taken just 4 hours ago on sol 10 (that's to-sol). Curiosity and its relays firing on all cylinders.


How do you get to the Sol 10 page from this basic link - it doesn't indicate any images beyond Sol 3?

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl/multimedia/raw/

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post Aug 16 2012, 04:31 PM
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There is a link where you can view images by sol vs. by camera in the upper RH corner.
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post Aug 16 2012, 04:58 PM
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What are we looking at with the new ChemCam-RMI images? There seems to be circles passing before it? These some sort of filters or similar tech that it will end up using, or taken with the cap on?


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post Aug 16 2012, 05:08 PM
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A boatload of images coming in right now--some beautiful mastcam shots from sol 3 (sure is a hazy place though) and about 90 MARDI shots of the ground under Curiosity right around the time of the landing.

Here's a link to my browser app right now, but bear in mind the list scrolls down as new images come in:

curiositymsl.com


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post Aug 16 2012, 05:56 PM
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QUOTE (Errol Coder @ Aug 16 2012, 09:58 AM) *
What are we looking at with the new ChemCam-RMI images?


Its calibration target.

http://www.msl-chemcam.com/index.php?menu=...sup&art=207
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post Aug 16 2012, 06:35 PM
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The Navcam images taken at the same time provide context. The Chemcam is located above the left Navcam, so look at the center of the left Navcam images and you'll see the Chemcam cal target.


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post Aug 17 2012, 12:12 AM
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I know that this is obscure in terms of imagery, but here's the ChemCam Sol10 calibration target images (inset with flight spare). cool.gif

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post Aug 17 2012, 04:05 PM
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About an hour and a half to today's (Friday) Curiosity Rover Teleconference
I hope this information is correct. I am posting early just in case someone wants to correct me!

NASA To Host Curiosity Rover Teleconference Aug. 17

10:30 a.m. PDT (1:30 p.m. EDT, 1730 UTC), Friday, Aug. 17

Apparently it will NOT be on NASATV - it WILL be streamed on the Curiosity Cam Ustream channel
http://www.ustream.tv/nasajpl

Mission controllers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., are checking out Curiosity's subsystems
and 10 instruments. Curiosity is in the opening days of a two-year mission to investigate whether conditions have been
favorable for microbial life and preserving clues in the rocks about possible past life.

Mission team members are "living" on Mars time. A Martian day is approximately 40 minutes longer than an Earth day,
meaning team members start their shift 40 minutes later each day. The scheduling of this teleconference and other Curiosity
media events is determined by their availability.


Visuals will be available at the start of the teleconference at: http://go.nasa.gov/curiositytelecon.
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post Aug 17 2012, 04:56 PM
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The audio itself will be right here ; http://www.nasa.gov/news/media/newsaudio/index.html
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