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Spirit Sol 626

7 Oct 2010, 09:19 UTC
Spirit Sol 626
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This morning brings good news and bad news. The good news is, we made it. This is truly spectacular and receives its due of praise from all concerned: it was one of the most difficult approaches we've ever done, and we nailed it.The bad news is, it's not safe to IDD. At the end of the drive, we carefully wiggled the wheels, and the data and images show that the vehicle moved during the wiggle. This implies that it might well be unsafe to deploy the IDD. So we won't be able to start IDDing thisol; we're going to have to spend the sol figuring out how to either settle the rover a bit better or bumping to a new position. (We also displaced a rock we drove over on the way in, tilting it up such that there was probably only 2-3cm clearance between it and the bottom of the WEB. Oops.)The basic decision is: wiggle only, or drive and then wiggle? Ashitey wants to drive first, but I eventually talk him out of it. In this area, treacherous as it is, driving is merely a way of trading the devil we know for the devil we don't. We ...

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