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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 22 2012, 03:29 PM
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Sol 15 panoramic, showing a large piece of sky. I love this kind of view smile.gif



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post Aug 22 2012, 03:32 PM
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QUOTE (jmknapp @ Aug 22 2012, 06:26 AM) *
I wonder if MEX has been used for downlinking at all yet. It's above the horizon for hours sometimes, so seems like there's a lot of potential.


http://blogs.esa.int/mex/2012/08/20/first-...with-curiosity/
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post Aug 22 2012, 03:38 PM
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QUOTE (charleski @ Aug 22 2012, 09:44 AM) *
The phase distortion is present in the model as well, but more pronounced in the actual data. Basically the peaks are broader and flatter than the troughs.


Ok, I think we're talking about different things. For a plot like that, typically in atmospheric science the "phase" is referring to the local time of the maximum (about 9am local solar time). The plot you posted looked like that phase was several hours off between obs and model.

I expect what you're seeing on some of the broadening of the maximum is due to atmospheric tides, although I don't know which one for sure without checking. You can see that quite clearly in the Pathfinder data. The curious sharp "notch" at ~2100 each day I can't explain off the top of my head...
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post Aug 22 2012, 03:47 PM
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here's our mosaic of Curiosity taking aim at Mount Sharp with her robotic arm; by Ken Kremer and Marco Di Lorenzo - kindly published at NBC News.com by Alan Boyle on Aug 22, 2012. It was the main photo on the front page top of NBC News.com overnight (see below)- still there as a smaller version now :
http://photoblog.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/08...ars-destination

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composite of navcams from sols 2, 12 and 14


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Ken Kremer

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post Aug 22 2012, 04:28 PM
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First drive images are down http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/pr...FHAZ00302M_.JPG

Edit: replaced image with link
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post Aug 22 2012, 04:54 PM
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Thanks to Paolo for agreeing to be email interviewed for my "Gale Gazette" blog...

http://galegazette.wordpress.com/2012/08/2...o-drive-on-mars

Some very useful info and insights as usual Paolo, thanks! smile.gif


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post Aug 22 2012, 05:05 PM
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Looks like that rock was indeed under the wheel but looks like it was behind the left back as opposed to what I originally thought (under right back)

Did they do a complete 180 here? I'm a little bit confused on the rovers new orientation.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:17 PM
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Here's a very crude navcam mosaic and a polar view.
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QUOTE (pmetschan @ Aug 22 2012, 07:05 PM) *
Did they do a complete 180 here? I'm a little bit confused on the rovers new orientation.

Looks like a forward drive, followed by a 90-120deg. clockwise turn-in-place and a backwards move.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:20 PM
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Fantastic having the foothills of Mt Sharp in the same view too...

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:27 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Aug 22 2012, 10:17 AM) *
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Looks like a forward drive, followed by a 90-120deg. clockwise turn-in-place and a backwards move.

90 degrees, according to yesterday's telecon.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:28 PM
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Interesting to see the zigzag tread marks of Curiosity after so many years of the straight tread marks from Opportunity and Spirit. The morse slots come up less often than I expected.

Looks like very firm ground - although of course there was a lot of surface dust blown away during landing.
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:30 PM
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Conference starting now...

And Bradbury landing!
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post Aug 22 2012, 06:36 PM
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And we are *tall*.

Great clip of Ray Bradbury from 1971.

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:39 PM
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QUOTE (Tesheiner @ Aug 22 2012, 01:17 PM) *
Looks like a forward drive, followed by a 90-120deg. clockwise turn-in-place and a backwards move.

I knew in advance I would see the very first tracks from MSL start from nowhere (so to speak), unlike any of the MER wheel tracks (which at their very beginning start from the edge of their landers). But it's still sort of eerie to see it.

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post Aug 22 2012, 06:50 PM
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Could the initial hydrogen signal be from an invisible layer of frost? It is still technically winter at the site.
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