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Update: Spirit and Opportunity

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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:  Preparations for an Attempt to Image Mars Arrival - sols 4522-4527, October 12, 2016-October 18, 2016:

Opportunity is located at the feature called 'Spirit Mound' on the rim of Endeavour Crater, the first science waypoint of the 10th extended mission.

The rover is continuing the in-situ (contact) investigation of several targets in this area. The rover is also preparing for the imaging of the ESA Schiaparelli Entry, Descent and Landing Demonstrator Module (EDM).

Several practice images with the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) were tried over several sols. On Sol 4522 (Oct. 12, 2016), in addition to several practice images, Opportunity used the robotic arm to investigate the surface target called 'Jefferson City.' The rover collected a Microscopic Imager (MI) mosaic and then placed the Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS) on the target. Later on Sol 4524 (Oct. 14, 2016), the rover offset the APXS relative to the initial target for further integration. Selective Pancam panoramas and targeted 13-filter images were also collected. On Sol 4527 (Oct. 18, 2016), the rover bumped just over a meter to some new targets.

The rover will stay put for the next few sols as the Schiaparelli EDM entry, decent and landing occurs. Opportunity will attempt the imaging of the landing on Sol 4528 (Oct. 19, 2016). (Update information indicates that the lander did not come into view of the camera, however.)

As of Sol 4527 (Oct. 18, 2016), the solar array energy production is 506 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.909 and an improved solar array dust factor of 0.743.

Total odometry is 26.99 miles (43.44 kilometers).

Opportunity Update Archive
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