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Opportunity Sol 567 (Spirit Sol 586)

27 Aug 2010, 06:54 UTC
Opportunity Sol 567 (Spirit Sol 586)
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Opportunity's recent reset -- her little fainting spell -- is still a mystery. As with the previous, similar anomalies, we suspect that it's MTES-related, so there's no MTES this weekend. (However, we don't know that; it's just an educated guess. As John Callas later puts it, "The MTES just happened to be in Ford's Theater when Lincoln was shot. Twice.") But we're driving.Or not. My plan is to resurrect the sol-563 drive, which never took place because Opportunity fainted before she could drive and therefore wisely decided to stay put instead. But John Callas swings by and sees it on my screen. He's nervous. "You think this is too ambitious?" he asks.I don't. But he's getting flak from NASA HQ, which (the phase of the moon being what it is) is accusing us of proceeding too aggressively in the wake of a fault we can't explain. He goes away to worry about this, in a big meeting on the topic, while I smooth out some of the drive's rough edges.We won't have quite as much drive time allocated for thisol as we did for 563, but Paolo works out a clever way to shave enough time off of the drive ...

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