[meteorite-list] More Meters in Curiosity's Rearview Mirror

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Mon, 17 Sep 2012 14:32:10 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201209172132.q8HLWAAG025002_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


More Meters in Curiosity's Rearview Mirror
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
September 17, 2012

Sol 39 through 41 (Sept. 14 - 17) were driving days for the Curiosity
rover. On Sol 39, Curiosity logged 72 feet (22 meters) driven. On
Sol 40, the rover drove another 121 feet (37 meters).On Sol 41,
Curiosity logged 89 feet (27 meters), across the surface of Gale Crater.
During this sol, for the first time, the DAN instrument was incorporated
into the rover's drive sequence. After driving 33 feet (10 meters), the
rover would stop and the DAN instrument would activate for two minutes.
Another 10 meters driven, another DAN measurement. Total distance
racked up since landing on Aug. 5 is 745 feet (227 meters).

An image of the surface of Gale Crater, taken on Sol 41 by the rover's
left navigation camera, is available at: http://1.usa.gov/PLqFge .

Curiosity continues to be in good health. Sol 41, in Mars local mean
solar time at Gale Crater, ended at 10:33 a.m. Sept. 17, PDT.
Received on Mon 17 Sep 2012 05:32:10 PM PDT

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