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'Pinnacle Island' Rock Studies Continue
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Feb 14, 2014

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Opportunity is up on "Solander Point," part of the rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover continues to explore the region called "Cook Haven."

The rock named "Pinnacle Island" continues to be a target of investigation. On Sol 3561 (Jan. 29, 2014), an additional overnight integration was performed by the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on Pinnacle Island.

On Sol 3562 (Jan. 30, 2014), additional Microscopic Imager (MI) mosaics were collected followed by an offset placement of the APXS for a multi-sol integration. A dust devil watch movie was collected on the morning of Sol 3566 (Feb. 3, 2014).

Later on that sol, the rover bumped forward approximately 10 feet (3 meters) to the northeast and collected mid-drive imaging of the area previously underneath the rover to locate the original site for Pinnacle Island.

The rover's next objective is to reach the nearby surface target, called "Green Island." On Sol 3567 (Feb. 4, 2014), the rover bumped about 9 feet (2.7 meters) backward to the southeast over Green Island to place the target within reach of the robotic arm work volume.

As of Sol 3567 (Feb. 4, 2014), the solar array energy production was 339 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.514 and a solar array dust factor of 0.584.

Total odometry is 24.07 miles (38.73 kilometers).


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