[meteorite-list] Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Feb 10-16, 2016

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 4 Mar 2016 12:08:33 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201603042008.u24K8XB8002557_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>

OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Prepping for Slope Investigations - sols 4283-4289,
February 10, 2016-February 16, 2016

Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater.
The rover is perched on the steep slopes of 'Knudsen Ridge'.

For the past week, Opportunity has continued to collect extensive color
Pancam panoramas of the location around the rover in preparation for in-situ
(contact) investigation of the different rock units. On Sol 4284 (Feb.
11, 2016) Opportunity did not Deep Sleep, but just napped overnight so
that engineers could collect battery information throughout that night.
The rover is expected to 'bump' on Sol 4291 (Feb. 18, 2016) to the first
of several targets.

As of Sol 4289 (Feb. 16, 2016), the solar array energy production was
506 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.433 and a solar
array dust factor of 0.677.

Total odometry is 26.51 miles (42.66 kilometers), more than a marathon.
Received on Fri 04 Mar 2016 03:08:33 PM PST

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