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    Curiosity Surface Operations

    Love the title. (Borrowed it from NASA TV.) Waiting right now for data back from a low-elevation Odyssey pass.
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    Getting down better versions of the same views.
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    And a nice little panorama someone made from the rear hazcam image.
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    Crater rim. Cool. And sunset.

    Lots of dynamic range in that image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Alexander View Post
    Crater rim. Cool. And sunset.

    Lots of dynamic range in that image.
    Landing just before night? Does that mean Curiosity gets a nap to get over the rocket lag?

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    https://twitter.com/HiCommander

    We got info that they successfully photographed Curiosity from Orbit during landing. The image will be released at 9 : 00 AM, during the next conference

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    I wonder how it will look. AFAIK MRO snapped photo from different angle than iconic Phoenix EDL. Is this too much to expect MSL in colored band?

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    I personally can't wait to see the photo, as well as a post-landing photo showing Curiosity on the surface (to pinpoint the location). I wonder where's the parachute and the descent stage (how far away it flew)

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    Did they say anything on the health of the Rover?

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    Best image from Curiosity so far:

    http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cf...source=2012231
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    I can't wait for them to analyze the blueberries!

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    Panelists:
    Michael Watkins, Mission Manager
    Miguel San Martin, EDL Chief Engineer
    Sarah Milkovich, HiRise scientist
    John Grotzinger, geologist
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    Watkins:

    c. 4 am pass: Curiosity in surface nominal mode, everything looks good, go for Sol 1 activities. Mostly very boring - deploying antennas, etc. First priority is communications.

    Showing off the first photos.
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    Hoping for front hazcam image in a couple of hours, expecting it to show the mountain at the center of Gale Crater.
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    San Martin:

    EDL looked beautiful but have yet to review actual data. Best knowledge of where we landed: just a couple kilometers east of the very center of the landing ellipse.
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    Location based on where Curiosity thinks it is. Inertial measurements fit radar almost perfectly - better than the simulations, within a few meters in altitude and less than 1 m/s in velocity. Don't expect to be off by more than a kilometer.
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    Milkovich:

    Odyssey not only orbiter listening, also Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter listening, and not just listening but watching. Now showing photo I shared in the other thread, preceded by wider-angle image.
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    Image taken 6 minutes after atmospheric entry. MRO about 340 km away from Curiosity. Can see parachute and lines.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek View Post
    Image taken 6 minutes after atmospheric entry. MRO about 340 km away from Curiosity. Can see parachute and lines.
    Absolutely amazing...glad I included a "disclaimer' in my previous post. (martian smillee)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToSeek View Post
    Image taken 6 minutes after atmospheric entry. MRO about 340 km away from Curiosity. Can see parachute and lines.
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    NASA's Curiosity rover and its parachute were spotted by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter as Curiosity descended to the surface on Aug. 5 PDT (Aug. 6 EDT). The High-Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera captured this image of Curiosity while the orbiter was listening to transmissions from the rover. Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover.

    Curiosity and its parachute are in the center of the white box; the inset image is a cutout of the rover stretched to avoid saturation. The rover is descending toward the etched plains just north of the sand dunes that fringe "Mt. Sharp." From the perspective of the orbiter, the parachute and Curiosity are flying at an angle relative to the surface, so the landing site does not appear directly below the rover.

    The parachute appears fully inflated and performing perfectly. Details in the parachute, such as the band gap at the edges and the central hole, are clearly seen. The cords connecting the parachute to the back shell cannot be seen, although they were seen in the image of NASA's Phoenix lander descending, perhaps due to the difference in lighting angles. The bright spot on the back shell containing Curiosity might be a specular reflection off of a shiny area. Curiosity was released from the back shell sometime after this image was acquired.
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    Grotzinger:

    Rear hazcam showing rim of Gale Crater. Scientists impressed by uniform size of grain particles. Hoping in-situ sample would be highly representative of Mars, will do thorough analysis.
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    Black line - line of dunes - will be point of orientation. Now looking at front hazcam, think dark line across is those dark dunes. Above it is Mount Sharp. Hazcams already picking up topography.
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    Questions:

    S&T: Landing time?

    Will get it.

    LA Times: What's just south of landing site? How far to foothills of Mount Sharp?

    Rather narrow strip of dunes, just a few kilometers away. Interesting part could be as much as 10 km away.

    Don't want to go straight to mountain, want to find a route that's interesting scientifically.

    Register: What happened to "upper stage" that flew off?

    We want to crash it at least 400 meters to the north. Don't get telemetry so don't know. Hope to get image from HiRISE to tell us.
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    Nature: Have you looked for heat shield in image?

    No, haven't looked for it in the image. Don't know that we'd be able to see it. Will be taking images of landing site in days to come, especially good ones six and twelve days from now to look for other components.

    Resolution at Curiosity of EDL photo is 33 cm/pixel.

    ??: Blotch in image possibly landing stage impact?

    Could be. Could be dust devil. Too early to tell, would like to take another look. Just starting to trickle down thumbnails from descent camera.
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    USA Today: When first BW, color, panoramas, MARDI images?

    Front hazcam - couple of hours.
    MARDI thumbnails - couple of hours.
    Rest - next few days.
    Single color image/MALI (sp?) imager - about two days from now.
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    Space.com: How high a priority to check impact craters from descent stage?

    Would really prefer to avoid hydrazine-filled descent stage. Would have liked to see ballast sites, but they're probably way too far away.

    Done everything possible to fly skycrane away from rover.

    Reuters/Discovery: How many photos so far? When high-gain deployed?

    4 thumbnails, 2 down-sampled, 1 512x512. Deploy high-gain in about 12 hours.

    What soil variations have been seen so far, what are you looking for?

    Bedrock will be local info, soil will be a mix of global influences. Soil has high sulfur content, Curiosity's instruments will provide better insight.
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    CBS/Bill Harwood: Does dustiness seen seem significant?

    A little surprised at how much dust, but then w. MERs dust gets blown off, expecting it to wax and wane. Still some dust on cameras even with dust cover off. Wheels on very firm ground, no sinkage. Soil pretty firm. Might choose to drive somewhere else to find something softer.

    Any issues with vehicle? Did you imagine that vehicle would be in this good a shape this soon?

    Nothing to keep from moving forward, nothing out-of-bounds. Think we all believed it would land successfully, a little concerned we might land in some sort of safemode, might miss a comm pass, might have to sit and worry. Great telecom performance, orbiters performed beautifully.

    Spend eight years thinking about all the things that might go wrong, in the shower, etc. Can't turn that off. Get to point where it hasn't happened but you can't do anything, either, very stressful.
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    NBC: Any MARDI imagery? How far rover from MRO in image?
    (Apparently arrived late.)

    None down yet. 340 km.

    Another press conference at 7 pm EDT if get MARDI imagery.

    TPS/Ms. Emily: Status on health of science instruments?

    Yes, they're all fine.

    What are scientists thinking about images?

    Early days, limited information. We're on a gravel plain on Mars, familiar scene. Rim in background.

    John Johnson: Confident SAM instrument is in good shape?

    First test was electrical, and it went fine. 5-hour rad observation going on today.

    Brazil: Will MRO be able to spot the rover? Will it help rover navigate?

    Already planning to get images of rover, more than single pixel. Already done lots of data collection clear across Gale Crater: stereo, color. Used to look at potential traverses. Expecting MSL to come to us for new imagery.

    MRO data has been critical to landing site selection. 1-meter coverage, stereo coverage. Rover drivers already using those to plan traverses. Drivers have algorithms to estimate risk of dunes, etc.

    ??: Scheduling constraints on relays, DSN?

    No, Odyssey has big buffers. Rovers in very different places, so doing relays for both don't interfere.
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    ??: Good paper to read about Gale Crater?

    Send me an email.

    BBC: What's going to be in MARDI imagery? Color imagery?

    Don't know that offhand. Will be off to the side. MALI might get edge of Mount Sharp.

    Nature: Going to go to center of target or straight toward Mount Sharp?

    Boundary between alluvial fan and base of Mount Sharp is diffuse. Goal of crowd-sourcing was to identify different geological units. Looking for meter-size rocks. Will go whichever way to find them. Some kind of scarp in each roughly km-square quadrangle, want to string a bunch together.

    ??: When first motion? How is it currently configured?

    Sitting quite flat right now. Couple of weeks till first motion, even then just a meter or two.
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    I have to sign off for now. Think most of the good questions have been asked.
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