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Journey to Mt Sharp - Part 1: Site 7 to Waypoint 1, Sol324 [Jul4,'13] to Sol391 [Sep12,'13]
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post Aug 14 2013, 01:38 AM
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QUOTE (RoverDriver @ Aug 13 2013, 06:51 AM) *
For example Sol 102 and 159 were T&G, I think?
Oops, my bad! I must have been thinking of something else. Post edited.


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post Aug 14 2013, 01:55 AM
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GOING DEEP on Mt. Sharp...

Long drives and big panoramas equal nice wide stereo baselines. Here's a 16,220 x 1,250 pixel anaglyph of Mt. Sharp, with the Sol 344 MC 34 pano (left channel) and the Sol352 MC 34 pano (right channel) providing a surprisingly deep 3D look at the mountain and its approaches. The basline separation is about 260 meters; enough offset to actually make out a number of features on the upper slopes of Mt. Sharp in reasonably good stereo. The near foregrounds of course do not match in the least. Both the default and a slightly level enhanced (for a bit better detail in washed out areas but slightly darker overall) versions are below.

For the first time I noticed several features on the slopes of Mt. Sharp I hadn't seen before or viewed with any kind of reasonable clarity, in stereo anyway. About half way up the slope, a bit right of center, where the tilted layers of the formation that dominates of the entire right side of the mountain peter out onto the central slope there appear to be two large flat "terraces" with rounded edges. They almost look like the remants of a massive landslide that left two large folds on the slope. There are some large "pinnacles" scattered about the slope to the left of these terraces, and at the upper left, just below the summit, a prominant row of massive cliffs (that almost appear to have layered strata) can be nicely seen too. Of special interest are the various mesas, buttes, and broken terrain scattered about the dune field toward our direction of travel at the right side of the image. The Sol 344 pano wasn't completely imaged on the right side (dang it) but I left the right channel counterpart visible for reference.

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Edit: Looks as if those terraces I mentioned are the two most northerly elements of the large tilted "light-toned yardangs" (from Anderson & Bell) formation. From our vantage point we see mostly the western half (East-West trending) of these. These two on the other hand appear to be the upper most elements of the other side (NE-SW trending) of the formation:



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post Aug 14 2013, 10:51 AM
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Sol 361 ML autostitch, with some (imperfect) exposure adjustment, white-balancing, saturation enhancement, sharpening:
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post Aug 14 2013, 12:57 PM
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My take on 361:

Full size: http://www.flickr.com/photos/84750994@N05/...710620/sizes/o/

Ed: Brilliant. Awesome. smile.gif


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post Aug 14 2013, 03:59 PM
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post-drive location on sol 363, a rough circular view of it. Cute little craters to the north. EDIT - replaced with a full pan after the last images came down. The route map needs adjustment - the drive had a kink in it. Next map post will include that change.

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post Aug 14 2013, 04:43 PM
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Sol 363 post-drive Navcam x-eyeds, looking south-west

and north .

Edit: Anaglyph version of the north-looking stereo:
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post Aug 14 2013, 11:51 PM
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Sol 362 MARDI, some dust-decoating:




Sol 363 post-drive MAHLI, rotated 150 degrees and white-balanced with lower sky as reference:

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EdTruthan, identifying the individual yardangs, visible in the Mastcam images, with the HiRISE correspondings is challenging a bit, at least for me. smile.gif
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post Aug 15 2013, 11:08 AM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Aug 13 2013, 03:45 PM) *
"Restricted Sols" has a very specific meaning...

Phil, thanks a lot for the explanation smile.gif
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post Aug 15 2013, 01:33 PM
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There is also a good discussion by Matt Lenda of Nominal/Restricted/Slide/Tight planning modes here:
http://opportunityendeavour.blogspot.com/2...-terms-and.html

I learned a ton from his blog series. Despite the number of good sources we have, I look forward to the day when someone can give us that level of insight into MSL ops.
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A lot of detailed information is available via Analyst's Notebook.
"SOWG Documentarian uplink report | Sol 00179" as one example: Attached File  00179_0049.htm ( 20.46K ) Number of downloads: 404

Those reports can be obtained the following way: Open AN's sol tab, expand a sol branch in the navigation tree, e.g. "Sol 179", expand the "Sol 179 documents (2)" branch, expand "SOWG Documentarian - Uplink (1)", select "SOWG Documentarian uplink report (21 KB)". Via menu bar item (right panel) "Actions/Download" you'll get a copy of the file, like the attachment above.
So, very recent activities aren't available, but much detail with a certain delay.

Reading several subsequent sol reports will give a better general understanding of how decisions are made, and which constraints have to be considered.
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post Aug 15 2013, 05:30 PM
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Sol 363 - Navcam 360 Anaglyph...



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My take on 363 with drive data:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/84750994@N05/...854876/sizes/o/


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post Aug 15 2013, 09:23 PM
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"Matt Heverly‏ @Matt_Heverly 14 Aug
We are more than half way to our first geologically waypoint as we drive to Mt. Sharp."

What a tease!

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post Aug 15 2013, 10:12 PM
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QUOTE (Phil Stooke @ Aug 15 2013, 04:23 PM) *
"Matt Heverly‏ @Matt_Heverly 14 Aug
We are more than half way to our first geologically waypoint as we drive to Mt. Sharp."

Using one of RRussman's maps linked in this post, I see a spot ahead that I find curious. A rock formation that overlays one side of a crater.

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post Aug 16 2013, 12:51 AM
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Does it look more dusty than when we landed?
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