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Scott Lever, Mission manager Mike Seibert, Mission manager Al Herrera, Mission manager
Scott Lever Mike Seibert Al Herrera

SPIRIT UPDATE:  Spirit Remains Silent at Troy - sols 2621-2627, May 18-24, 2011:

More than 1,300 commands were radiated to Spirit as part of the recovery effort in an attempt to elicit a response from the rover. No communication has been received from Spirit since Sol 2210 (March 22, 2010). The project concluded the Spirit recovery efforts on May 25, 2011. The remaining, pre-sequenced ultra-high frequency (UHF) relay passes scheduled for Spirit on board the Odyssey orbiter will complete on June 8, 2011.

Total odometry is unchanged at 7,730.50 meters (4.80 miles).

Spirit Update Archive


OPPORTUNITY UPDATE:  Getting in Place for a Better View of 'Endeavour Crater' - sols 3622-3629, April 02, 2014-April 09, 2014:

Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater.

On Sol 3623 (April 3, 2014), the rover moved about 52 feet (16 meters) in a clockwise arc around some obstacles in an approach to a large rock outcrop. Moving closer to the outcrop would be difficult, so it was decided to document the outcrop with imagery and then back away and resume the path south.

On Sol 3625 (April 5, 2014), Opportunity retraced some of her path with a 28 feet (8.6 meter) drive to the northwest, collecting documentary images of the rock target 'Hoonah,' and imaging her tracks for engineering evaluation purposes. On Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the rover drove about 69 feet (21 meters) to the south in an approach to a local ridge top, a vantage point that offers a view with an entire sweep of Endeavour Crater. Once there, the plan is to collect a spectacular color panorama of Endeavour.

As of Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the solar array energy production was 642 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.423 and a solar array dust factor of 0.843.

Total odometry is 24.18 miles (38.91 kilometers).

Opportunity Update Archive

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