Hello, my name is Scott Doudrick, Iím the Flight Director today for Mars Exploration Rover. Itís April 6th here on Earth and sol 121 on MER-A and sol 101 on MER-B, on Opportunity. Itís been a good day, a good sol for both vehicles.
Weíve gotten a fair bit of science and a lot of driving on A. We actually were succesful in 96.5 meters, that is a record drive for Spirit. Weíve now, for those of you who are non-metric people out there and prefer the English units, weíve gone more than one mile from our starting point on Spirit, so thatís a great milestone. Tonight, in the morning after we wake up, we will do touch and go, so quite a bit of IDD observations and then try to drive about 85 meters.
On Opportunity, yesterday there was a small reposition of the rover to take some new imaging. On sol 101 the plan is to try to take a swath of Mini-TES observations across some stratigraphic region near the top of the crater. We did turn on the IMU today to try to warm up the inside of the rover because this evening we will be trying deep sleep for the first time. What that does is it makes it so that the rover consumes as little power as possible so that when we do get later in the mission and we need to conserve power better we will have more power available at that time. So this will be a test of that for the first time tonight. We have the IMU on to warm it up, make sure that the temperature doesnít get too low.
That is all I have for today. This is Flight Director signing off. Thank you.