Status Report

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Status 18 August 2006

By SpaceRef Editor
August 21, 2006
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NASA Mars Rover Opportunity  Status 18 August 2006
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OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Opportunity Observes ‘Isabela’ – sol 907-912, August 18, 2006:

Opportunity is healthy and on the road to “Victoria Crater.” Spirit drove 35.67 meters (117 feet) from “Beagle Crater” to a small sand dune, or ripple, to examine the dune with the robotic arm. The ripple study included observations with the microscopic imager, two alpha particle X-ray spectrometer integrations, and two observations with the miniature thermal emission spectrometer.

Sol-by-sol summaries:

Sol 907 (Aug. 12, 2006): Opportunity drove 31.4 meters (103 feet) away from Beagle Crater toward a ripple.

Sol 908: Opportunity performed a navigation camera experiment and made observations with the miniature thermal emission spectrometer.

Sol 909: Opportunity drove 4.27 meters (14 feet) and used the robotic arm on the ripple. It also took images with the panoramic camera, navigation camera and hazard-avoidance cameras.

Sol 910: Opportunity took pictures of targets informally named “Isabela” and “Marchena” with the microscopic imager. The rover also took measurements of Marchena with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer.

Sol 911: Opportunity moved the robotic arm out of the way and took pictures of the area where it would later use the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer. Opportunity made observations of targets informally named “Pinzon” and “Pinta” with the miniature thermal emission spectrometer. Opportunity did a reading of Isabela with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer after the Odyssey communications pass.

Sol 912 (Aug. 17, 2006): The plan is for Opportunity to stow the robotic arm and drive toward Victoria Crater at a heading of 163 degrees.

Odometry:

As of sol 911 (Aug. 16, 2006), Opportunity’s total odometry was 8723.38 meters (5.42 miles).

SpaceRef staff editor.