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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:  Opportunity Continues to Study Grooves - sols 4466-4473, August 16, 2016-August 23, 2016:

Opportunity is wrapping up the exploration 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover has found itself in an area where there are grooves carved in the rock outcrop suggestive of fluvial action.

Opportunity continues to conduct a very extensive visual documentation campaign of these grooves. On Sol 4468 (Aug. 18, 2016), the rover bumped two meters to set up for taking short-baseline stereo imagery. In addition, a small rock dubbed 'Muffler II' was found in the robotic arm (IDD) workplane on Sol 4470 (Aug. 20, 2016), and targeted for Microscopic Imager (MI) and Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer (APXS). A further offset MI and APXS campaign was completed on Sol 4473 (Aug. 23, 2016).

As of Sol 4473, the solar array energy production is 582 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.727 and a solar array dust factor of 0.710.

Total odometry is 26.78 miles (43.10 kilometers).

Opportunity Update Archive

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