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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:  Team Considering a Different Route Due to Boulder Field Ahead - sols 4549-4555, November 09, 2016-November 15, 2016:

Opportunity is heading towards the next science waypoint on the rim of Endeavour Crater.

On Sol 4550 (Nov. 10, 2016), the rover headed east about 39 feet (12 meters). On Sol 4552 (Nov. 12, 2016), Opportunity planned a long drive, but was cut short after protective software stopped the drive because of elevated wheel currents in the right-front wheel. The rover was attempting a turn in place on a steep slope. That put additional stress on the right-front wheel. Sensing that stress in the wheel current the rover's flight software stopped the drive.

On Sol 4554 (Nov. 14, 2016), Opportunity continued the drive to the east for about 39 feet (12 meters), this time with a gentler turn for the rover's right-front wheel. Recent images show an extensive boulder field ahead on a steep slope, so the rover team may consider a different route.

As of Sol 4555 (Nov. 15, 2016), the solar array energy production is 468 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.862 and a solar array dust factor of 0.697.

Total odometry is 27.04 miles (43.51 kilometers).

Opportunity Update Archive
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