QUOTE (fredk @ Oct 1 2010, 08:44 PM)
I'm curious how the downlinked data is presented
For each picture taken during a drive (e.g. slip-check navcams, post-drive pancams) the (x, y, z) position calculated by the rover itself and relative to the site origin (AR00 in this case) is provided.
That's the easy part in the process of updating the route map. The "hard" one starts afterwards when the pictures are available at the exploratorium; then it's time to make a navcam mosaic, convert it to polar projection and register this picture on a HiRISE image at full resolution. The reason to do it is because the position calculated by the rover itself almost always drifts. E.g during the drive on sol 2375 I had to adjust the final position by 2.5m to the east and 1.5m to the south. It's not too much on a single drive but without these corrections and using only the "telemetry" the route would be way off after a number of driving sols.