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imported_alan
2005-Jun-04, 03:45 PM
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...TIP1214L0M1.JPG (http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportunity/forward_hazcam/2005-06-04/1F171155948EFF55TIP1214L0M1.JPG)
http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...TIP1314L0M1.JPG (http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportunity/rear_hazcam/2005-06-04/1R171155999EFF55TIP1314L0M1.JPG)
:D

antoniseb
2005-Jun-04, 03:49 PM
Thanks Alan,

I don't know if it is completely free, but it is certainly much more mobile than it was. This is great news, now if they can start plotting courses to the big crater withough having to surmount these super-soft dunes, we'll be in good shape.

(I remember that they didn't try crossing the little dunes in the first big Crater, so they knew this sort of thing was a possibility).

imported_alan
2005-Jun-05, 12:31 AM
Steve Squyres has a new update posted
http://athena1.cornell.edu/news/mubss/

piersdad
2005-Jun-05, 12:49 AM
nice to see some solid tyre tracks again.

burmese
2005-Jun-06, 03:33 PM
I think they should make an attempt to check out the interior of that dune. That has to be the deepest either rover has gotten beneath the surface since they arrived and it might be interesting.

Spacemad
2005-Jun-08, 09:30 PM
Quite right, Burmese, they should try to study that dune & try to figure out what made it so different from others ti has crossed before with no trouble at all. In fact I think NASA plans to do exactly that for the next few sols. Later on they plan to continue the journey southwards as they think that's where the best science lies.

antoniseb
2005-Jun-21, 12:12 AM
Opportunity has been on Mars for 500 day/night cycles. It seems like about 10% of them have been at Purgatory Dune.

aeolus
2005-Jun-21, 02:12 AM
Out of 500, Oppy is still doing better on Mars than if he were on a NASCAR track:

The Charlotte Observer (Sun, Jun. 05, 2005)
Comparing the 11 races held this year at tracks where there were also races by this point last year, yellow flags have increased from 7.6 per race in 2004 to 11.6 in 2005. Through the end of May last year, the average race had 51.5 caution laps. This year, that number is up to 60.6 laps.

Spacemad
2005-Jun-21, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by antoniseb@Jun 21 2005, 12:12 AM
Opportunity has been on Mars for 500 day/night cycles. It seems like about 10% of them have been at Purgatory Dune.

It is that your new "designation" of that dune? It may be unofficial but I think it's very appropriate!!!

antoniseb
2005-Jun-21, 09:04 PM
Originally posted by Spacemad@Jun 21 2005, 08:49 PM
It is that your new "designation" of that dune? It may be unofficial but I think it's very appropriate
It's what the MER team is calling it. I'm just repeating their clever terminology.

antoniseb
2005-Jun-30, 08:16 PM
S. Squyres web journal today says that Opportunity is going to head North for a bit. My understanding is that they are examining the general area to find the best way to the big crater to the South.

antoniseb
2005-Jul-01, 03:04 PM
Here's a close look with the microscopic imager of the stuff that Opportunity was stuck in:
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all...W4P2936M2M1.JPG (http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/gallery/all/1/m/510/1M173457602EFF55W4P2936M2M1.JPG)

I'm not sure why that was any different than the stuff it's been driving on since the beginning.

Spacemad
2005-Jul-02, 07:32 AM
It's incredible how well these two little rovers are doing up there on Mars. They are doing so well That a similar pair ought to be build & sent to explore the poles of Mars to see if there is ice water that can be used by future human explorers.