[meteorite-list] Mars Rover Opportunity Update: September 13-18, 2012

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Wed, 19 Sep 2012 16:18:00 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201209192318.q8JNI0SV006727_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Robotic Arm Tools Get To Work - sols 3071-3076,
Sept. 13, 2012-Sept. 18, 2012:

Opportunity is continuing the in-situ (contact) science campaign at a
putative location of clay minerals at the inboard edge of Cape York on
the rim of Endeavour Crater.

The rover is positioned next to a large light-toned block of exposed
outcrop. Previous Panoramic Camera (Pancam) imagery indicates mineral
hydration in this block. On 3071 (Sept. 13, 2012), Opportunity performed
a very small turn-in-place to position a high-valued target within reach
of the robotic arm. Then on Sol 3073 (Sept. 15, 2012), the rover
collected a Microscopic Imager (MI) mosaic of the surface target
"Azilda," followed by the placement of the Alpha Particle X-ray
Spectrometer (APXS) on the same for a multi-sol integration. On Sol 3076
(Sept. 18, 2012), Opportunity used the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) to brush
the same target and then used the Microscopic Imager to collect another
mosaic, followed again by another placement of the APXS.

As of Sol 3076 (Sept. 18, 2012), the solar array energy production was
564 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.560 and a solar
array dust factor of 0.648.

Total odometry is 21.78 miles (35,047.47 meters).
Received on Wed 19 Sep 2012 07:18:00 PM PDT

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