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Opportunity Is On A Rock Hunt
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (SPX) Feb 26, 2013

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Opportunity is conducting the post-walkabout in-situ (contact) science campaign at different locations around the inboard edge of 'Cape York' on the rim of Endeavour Crater.

On Sol 3214 (Feb. 6, 2013), the rover completed the investigation of the target 'Fecunis Lake' with a Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) brush of the target followed by a Microscopic Imager (MI) mosaic and an Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) placement.

On Sol 3216 (Feb. 9, 2013), Opportunity bumped back to image the brushed target with Panoramic Camera (Pancam) image, then drove about 52 feet (16 meters) to the west towards a new target of interest.

On Sol 3219 (Feb. 12, 2013), the rover bumped about 5.9 feet (1.8 meters) towards the new target 'Maley.'

No 'amnesia' events with the Flash file system have occurred since Sol 3183 (Jan. 6, 2013), and the rover is otherwise in good health.

As of Sol 3219 (Feb. 12, 2013), the solar array energy production was 490 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.891 and a solar array dust factor of 0.626.

Total odometry is 22.08 miles (35539.61 meters).


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