by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Aug 13, 2012
With Curiosity on the Surface Opportunity Will Resume Driving Soon - August 02-07, 2012 - sols 3030-3035. Activity has been constrained for the period around the arrival of Curiosity.
The project pre-planned 9 sols of activity so as not to require Deep Space Network tracking coverage during the Mars Science Laboratory's Entry, Descent and Landing.
Opportunity performed Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer overnight integrations on Sols 3030, 3031, 3033 and 3034 (Aug. 2, Aug. 3, Aug. 5 and Aug. 6, 2012) on the surface target "Rushall1."
Multi-filter Panoramic Camera images were collected of "Whim Creek" on Sols 3031 and 3032 (Aug. 3, and Aug. 4, 2012).
Daily atmospheric opacity measurements were also performed. With Curiosity safely on the surface, the plan ahead for Opportunity is to resume driving.
As of Sol 3035 (Aug. 7, 2012), the solar array energy production was 531 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.715 and a solar array dust factor of 0.707.
Total odometry is 21.52 (34,639.45 meters).
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Opportunity Picks up the Pace With Several Drives This Week
Pasadena CA (JPL) Jul 27, 2012
Opportunity is roving at the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. Progress was again impacted by a second safe mode entry by the Mars Odyssey orbiter. With normal Ultra-High Frequency relay with Odyssey restored, Opportunity was able to drive on Sol 3019 (July 21, 2012). That drive, of over 138 feet (42 meters), was a "V" trajectory with the rover first driving towa ... read more
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