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Opportunity Sol 573 (Spirit Sol 591)

1 Sep 2010, 10:12 UTC
Opportunity Sol 573 (Spirit Sol 591)
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We're not finished being paranoid yet, so thisol's drive is still circumscribed. Callas had a 5m drive in mind, but a 5m drive would just take the rover a short way along a patch of outcrop -- it's hardly worth doing. We might as well cross the next ripple, and that's more like 10m. Somehow I manage to talk him into this, and over the ripple and through the woods, to Grandmother's house we go.Er, or something like that.I thought thisol would be a doddle, but it turns out to be a little more challenging than I'd expected. Not greatly so, but at least there's some original thinking required thisol. We're still copying from the sol 563/567 drive, and the next segment of that drive -- the one that takes us over the next ripple -- would leave us at a heading of 10 degrees. But that's relatively poor for comm; we need a heading of more like 65 degrees.This change is not as simple as you might think. Back in the day, we'd just turn in place at the end of the drive. But on Opportunity, with her stuck right front steering actuator, the rules limit the size of ...

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