Opportunity Rover Update
26 Feb 2007
- sol 1091-1096, February 23, 2007:
Opportunity is healthy and is currently driving on the promontory "Cabo Corrientes." The rover completed the long baseline stereo imaging of "Cape Desire" and is currently imaging the promontory on the other side of Cabo Corrientes called "Cape of Good Hope."
On Earth, Cape Desire is at the western (Pacific) end of the Strait of Magellan, marking the end of a hazardous passage through the strait. Magellan supposedly "wept for joy" when he discovered it, and so named it because he had been "desiring to see it for a long time."
Opportunity also performed an argon measurement on sol 1092.
Opportunity drove about 36 meters (118 feet) between sols 1088 and 1095.
Each sol there is a panoramic camera tau measurement at the beginning of the plan and before the afternoon Mars Odyssey pass. There is a miniature thermal emission spectrometer elevation sky and ground during the Odyssey pass. There is also a mini-miniature thermal emission spectrometer sky and ground in the morning of each sol, just prior to handing over to the next sol's master sequence.
Sol 1091 (February 17, 2007): On this sol, the rover took a panoramic camera long baseline stereo and a miniature thermal emission spectrometer 7-point sky & ground measurement.
Sol 1092: Opportunity used its panoramic camera to do a 13-filter soil survey and then a 13-filter stare at the foreground. The navigation camera was used in support of a miniature thermal emission spectrometer foreground stare. The alpha particle X-ray spectrometer was used after the Odyssey pass.
Sol 1093: In the morning of this sol, the rover's cameras monitored for dust. Opportunity then took a miniature thermal emission spectrometer 7-point sky & ground measurement. The cameras on the rover's "head" then scanned the sky and ground.
Sol 1094: The rover stowed its instrument deployment device ("arm") and bumped about 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) for left eye of stereo imaging. The arm was then unstowed, a post-drive navcam was taken, a post-drive panoramic camera image in the drive direction and a post-drive panoramic camera image of "Extrema Dura" (the outcrop behind the rover). The panoramic camera also began a long baseline stereo image.
Sol 1095: Before Opportunity drove this sol, the navigation camera took images. The panoramic camera continued the long baseline stereo image. A mini-miniature thermal emission spectrometer sky & ground measurement was taken. The rover then stowed its arm and drove eastward to image the cliff face of Cape Hope. After the drive, the rover unstowed its arm and took post-drive navigation camera images. The panoramic camera took a sky survey during solar array wakeup. In the morning, the rover looked for clouds and then took a mini- miniature thermal emission spectrometer sky & ground measurement.
Sol 1096: In the morning of this sol, Opportunity took a miniature thermal emission spectrometer 5-point sky and ground measurement. A panoramic camera image was taken of the Cape of Good Hope and nearby dunes. The rover's arm was then stowed, then Opportunity bumped about 4.5 meters (14.8 feet) for the left eye of stereo image. The rover then unstowed its arm and took post-drive navigation camera images, end of drive images and a post-drive panoramic camera image in the drive direction.
As of sol 1095 (February 21, 2007), Opportunity's total odometry is 10,113 meters (6.28 miles).