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Short Bump Gets Robotic Arm Closer to Rock Target
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Mar 04, 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 3230 (Feb. 23, 2013), with approximately 16 feet (5 meters) of motion the rover attempted to scuff (drive over) the surface target, named 'Boxwork.' However, due to high slip the rover missed scuffing the intended target.

On Sol 3233 (Feb. 26, 2013), Opportunity performed a 4 foot (1.3 meter) bump to set up for some in-situ work with a target called 'Lihir' in the area that was to be scuffed.

In-situ measurements are planned with the instruments on the end of the robotic arm. 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 3233 (Feb. 26, 2013), the solar array energy production was 510 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.817 and a solar array dust factor of 0.594.

Total odometry as is 21.11 miles (35,582.33 meters).


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