Mars Rover Approaching Giant Crater

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  1. MacSA macrumors 68000

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    Full text: http://athena.cornell.edu/news/mubss/

    Update from Steve Squyres (Principal Investigator)

    We seem to have cleared an important hurdle. Sol 944, which was yesterday Earth time, was "Boot Day" for Opportunity... the day we rebooted the rover computer with brand new flight software. The rover woke up that afternoon with the new software running, and sent us data right on schedule. We're still going through the data, but so far everything looks good. We're also going through the same process for Spirit on more or less the same timescale.

    Anyway, once we've got this initial few sols of software checkout behind us, we know where we're going! As of right now, we are just about 50 meters away from the rim of Victoria Crater. The latest images show the upper part of the far wall in some detail for the first time. The topography there is substantial, to say the least... the images show near-vertical cliffs that are roughly 15 meters high, and that's just the upper lip. There's a lot more crater below that that we can't see yet.

    Pic: http://207.7.139.5/mars/opportunity/navcam/2006-09-19/1N211904063EFF7600P1968L0M1.JPG

    The features on the wall of the far rim are about half a mile away and this was taken with a camera (navcam) that has equivelant field of view to a 36mm lens.

    Here is Victoria Crater, the rover is about 50m from the rim now. Things are going to get pretty interesting soon:D :

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    We have got our moneys worth out of those Rovers:) Wish I could say that about the Pork Barrel Shuttle.
     
  4. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Do the rovers have the Roomba-like edge sensors to keep them from falling off of cliffs or crater rims? :cool:

    Very cool...I'm continually amazed with the progress these little rovers are making. They're starting to show their age, but we've gotten more data out of them than just about anybody had hoped for...everything else has been gravy, and we're drowning in it there's so much to go around.
     
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    Wow, I can't believe these little guys are still going.
     
  7. noelister macrumors 6502

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    I am thinking the same. It is amazing how much information has been gathered by these little guys.
     
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    Truly awesome! Keep it coming, MacSA. And thanks. ;)
     
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    It just never stops messing with my head that these photos aren't just shots of a desert somewhere in the Middle East, but from another planet. I keep expecting to see tourists in the background posing at the edge of the crater!
     
  10. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Same here. I found myself looking for tire tracks or footprints. :D The shots are incredible.
     
  11. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    I think I see something ... :D
     

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    Me too!

    Anyway, I think it's great that our rovers are working so dilligently. Maybe the martians are caring for them?
     

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  13. MacSA thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This just arrived on Earth an hour or two ago:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Dalriada macrumors 6502

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    Thats just incredibly beautiful, there is a more detailed pic over here :eek:

    - Dal

    EDIT: i placed a link rather than the full pic as rather large....
     
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  16. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Is that frozen precip on the surface? That is so cool.
     
  17. Flynnstone macrumors 65816

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    A question :
    The crater seems to have a flat lip. It seems more like a depression than a crater. The moon craters have a raised lip.
    Why doesn't this have a raised lip?

    I guess that's the problem with science, it gives you more questions than answers.
     
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    There fake, see the foot prints! just kidding, those are terrific. Fantastic.
     
  19. EGT macrumors 68000

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    Incredible images. :eek:

    Why is MacSA banned? :confused: Have the martians found him/her?! :p
     
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    Me too... was a keen follower of MacSA thread and so find unbelievable that he seems to be banned... hope it's some hic on the v.Bulletin soft and nothing else :confused:

    - Dal
     
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