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Drbuzz0
2007-Sep-03, 05:10 PM
After the dust cleared from a 6-week storm which prevented spirit and opertunity from getting a good charge, they have been able to soak up enough sun to phone home and both seem no worse for wear:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/08/31/rovers_moving/


Damn these things just won't die. It's pretty amazing if you ask me. If both of them were to quit, I'd hardly consider it a tragic loss, given that they are way way way past the expected lifetime and still doing pretty good, less a jammed wheel and some wear and tear on the batteries and such...

All I can say is... damn... well I could say other things too.

EDG
2007-Sep-03, 06:00 PM
That's definitely good news!

01101001
2007-Sep-03, 06:23 PM
That's definitely good news!

It was good news 10 days ago (http://www.bautforum.com/space-exploration/33822-mars-rover-news-17.html#post1057049):
NASA August 24 press release (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2007-093b).

It's still good but not so new. Anyone know why the Register is so slow on the uptake?

tlbs101
2007-Sep-04, 03:48 PM
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070904.html (APOD) APOD today (9/4/07) shows Oppy at the edge of Duck Bay on Victoria crater, just waiting for the command to enter the crater.

01101001
2007-Sep-04, 04:04 PM
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070904.html (APOD) APOD today (9/4/07) shows Oppy at the edge of Duck Bay on Victoria crater, just waiting for the command to enter the crater.

APOD is not working for me at the moment. Unless Oppportunity moved a lot yesterday, that would take emergency power problems to get the command to enter, just to tilt the panels toward the sun.

The actual planned entry point is some meters south of the last location I saw, and Oppportunity was imaging the proposed entry path from the side.

Planetary Society (http://www.planetary.org/news/2007/0831_Mars_Exploration_Rovers_Update_Spirit.html):


On Sol 1278 (August 29, 2007), Opportunity bumped into a position right near the rim. Over the Labor Day weekend, the rover is slated to take new reconnaissance pictures of the planned entry point at Duck Bay, which is about 40 meters (131 feet) away. "We're a little concerned about what the dust storms might have done to change the terrain and the entry site," said Matijevic.

Just exactly when Opportunity will enter the crater will depend on assessments of those images and other data that may reveal how dust is affecting the instruments and of how much energy will be available. But Arvidson, Matijevic, and Blaney seemed certain September will be a month to remember.

Nicolas
2007-Sep-04, 04:43 PM
The link is bad, it's just /apod. Copy pasting the link works.

01101001
2007-Sep-04, 05:25 PM
The link is bad, it's just /apod. Copy pasting the link works.

Oh. Didn't even notice. A good link: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070904.html

Yeah, that's the point from which Opportunity is surveying the entry path, 40 meters to the right.

ToSeek
2007-Sep-05, 08:35 PM
Mars Rovers Survive Dust Storm (http://cornellsun.com/node/23933)


According to a NASA press release, the team is excited to get Opportunity inside Victoria Crater to examine targets on the inner slope that were identified last summer before dust storms curtailed rover activities.

Robert Sullivan, senior research associate of the project, wants to enter Victoria “as soon as possible” because “the rover is a wasting resource. It won’t last forever.”

But with such a massive dust storm, necessary precautions must be taken.

“We’re a little concerned about dust on some of the optics and so forth. So we want to do some testing and some check-outs before we go in,” Squyres said.