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Spirit's Antenna Back To Normal Use

File image: High-gain antenna (HGA).
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (SPX) Oct 27, 2009
Spirit has recovered from X-band fault and is using her steerable high-gain antenna (HGA) normally. The clearing of the X-band fault was to occur on Sol 2056 (Oct. 15, 2009), but a Deep Space Network (DSN) station outage at the last minute prevented the commands from reaching the rover.

On Sol 2058 (Oct. 17, 2009), the commands were successfully sent to the rover that cleared the X-band and HGA errors and resumed normal HGA X-band operation.

Spirit went on to conduct several days of Moessbauer (MB) spectrometer integration on the surface target "Thoosa" and to search for dust devils with the navigation camera (Navcam).

On Sol 2059 (Oct. 18, 2009), more panoramic camera (Pancam) images of "Scamander Plains" were collected along with miniature thermal emission spectrometer (Mini-TES) observations of the target "Pioneer."

Early in the morning of Sol 2061 (Oct. 20, 2009), the rover woke up to characterize the Tstat box. On that sol, Spirit also collected another 11-frame microscopic imager (MI) mosaic of the underbelly of the rover and set up for more MB integration on Thoosa.

As of Sol 2062 (Oct. 21, 2009), Spirit's solar-array energy production is 410 watt-hours, with an atmospheric opacity (tau) of 0.570 and a dust factor of 0.594. Total odometry remains at 7,729.97 meters (4.80 miles).

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