[meteorite-list] Mars Rover Opportunity Update: April 2-9, 2014
From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat, 12 Apr 2014 12:30:57 -0700 (PDT)
OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Getting in Place for a Better View of 'Endeavour
Crater' - sols 3622-3629, April 02, 2014-April 09, 2014:
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour
On Sol 3623 (April 3, 2014), the rover moved about 52 feet (16 meters)
in a clockwise arc around some obstacles in an approach to a large rock
outcrop. Moving closer to the outcrop would be difficult, so it was decided
to document the outcrop with imagery and then back away and resume the
On Sol 3625 (April 5, 2014), Opportunity retraced some of her path with
a 28 feet (8.6 meter) drive to the northwest, collecting documentary images
of the rock target 'Hoonah,' and imaging her tracks for engineering evaluation
purposes. On Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the rover drove about 69 feet (21
meters) to the south in an approach to a local ridge top, a vantage point
that offers a view with an entire sweep of Endeavour Crater. Once there,
the plan is to collect a spectacular color panorama of Endeavour.
As of Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the solar array energy production was
642 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.423 and a solar
array dust factor of 0.843.
Total odometry is 24.18 miles (38.91 kilometers).
Received on Sat 12 Apr 2014 03:30:57 PM PDT