Hi Doug and gang,
Stay tuned, we should be seeing MPF site in a day or so. (I think the HiRISE image was taken Sat , Dec 17th).
I did my own "Sojourner" pool around the lab and found that my MPF & Sojourner friends guess's are all over the map (literally). Some wouldn't even guess ("How would I know where Sojourner is? I was just the project manager!").
You probably know, Sojourner had a fault recovery mode where the rover was supposed to return to the lander and circle it to regain UHF signal with the lander in the event that it lost comm. The running joke around the lab is that Sojourner has carved a ditch around the lander.
Given that Sojourner's gyro had such a huge drift rate, I would not hold a lot of stock in its ability to drive in a straight line, let alone in a circle around the lander. That drift rate was the cause of that goofy rock climb onto "wedge" (if my memory serves me ... it is nearly 10 yrs ago).
I guess that Sojourner is about (0 , -20m) (straight south part way to Chimp). I hope we can see it, but the dust "fallout" there may obscure it or reduce the contrast. We'll see.
I am very very excited about seeing them again. MER certainly trumped MPF/Sojourner scientfically and operationally, but we could never have built MER without the design and ops experiences we gained on the MPF/Sojourner project. It really was a pathfinder.
Cheers and happy holidays!
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