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MSL at Rocknest, First scoop samples - sols 57-101
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post Nov 11 2012, 07:29 PM
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The MastCam took an image of one of the scoop trenches on SOL 93
The focus was slightly off (??)
I ran it through an adaptive Lucy Richardson (deconvolution) program

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Zelenyikot: wow, very nice flickers!
It seems that a large 'pebble' in the middle of the trench just disappears?
Is that due to sublimation... a watery clod?
Or did Curiosity alter the trench?
In any, case very nice!


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post Nov 11 2012, 07:35 PM
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It doesn't disappear, it appears! It falls off the wall of the pit and into the hole.

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post Nov 11 2012, 07:45 PM
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Phil,
I was just about to edit my post (I was looking at the gif again and just figured it out)
As Homer would say DOH! There sure are a lot of changes going on in 10 days!


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post Nov 11 2012, 10:50 PM
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This looks like the CheMin inlet port; do the SAM ports look the same?

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...4000C0_DXXX.jpg

Latest soil sample on observation tray: http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...1000E1_DXXX.jpg
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/msl-raw-images/ms...3000C0_DXXX.jpg


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post Nov 12 2012, 12:20 AM
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QUOTE (Zelenyikot @ Nov 6 2012, 06:46 PM) *
fredk, yeah, I just tried. This two co.......



P.S. I look forward to when MSL will hit the road. It seems to have all the Rocknest investigated smile.gif
just couldn't resist - I've just re-read The Ethical Engineer (Analog 1960-ish), & lo and behold here is a long lost baseplate for a Caroj engine - I think I should slide quietly back behind the curtains for another year wink.gif

What a cornucopia we are having.
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post Nov 12 2012, 10:50 AM
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Yes, exactly smile.gif

Wind games?
Changes sol 71-94
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Neat! I especially like the three parallel tracks in the dust at lower right made by larger clods being blown across the deck by the wind.


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post Nov 12 2012, 06:16 PM
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Very interesting. I'm surprised the martian wind is able to move around the large clods just to the right of the door. It looks like all the particle movement was from lower right to upper left. What wind direction is that? Does the direction and required speed jive with the meteo data? If not maybe a dust devil is responsible?
Or could vibrations induced by all the moving parts in the sampling system cause the particles to slid downhill - if the rover is on a slope.
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post Nov 12 2012, 07:19 PM
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The small slope there is: http://www.unmannedspaceflight.com/index.p...st&p=192812
But possible actions of a wind are appreciable and earlier.

On sol 78 the position of a rover didn't change, but a vector of movement of grains of sand another.
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Mars Odyssey is back in business after its computer swap, so there may be more downlink from both rovers now. For Curiosity, SAM is a big energy user, so everything else slows down while it's being used. But when we get past the next SAM analysis, we may start seeing preparations for driving again, fairly soon.

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post Nov 13 2012, 07:47 AM
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As far as I understand Mr. Herkenhoffs latest blog post a 6th scoop is planned - so maybe some more patience is required rolleyes.gif Oppy is doing her best to entertain us in the meantime smile.gif
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I think he means another portion of the fifth scoop will be analyzed, not a new scoop taken.

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Ahh - yes, that would make more sense. Thanks smile.gif
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News conference coming up on Thursday!

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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Nov 14 2012, 12:32 AM) *
News conference coming up on Thursday!

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Phil, why should I watch this news conference? You clearly stated in your last post that there would be not be a 'new scoop'.



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