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Today, FIDO missed its mark, but is moving on to bigger and better targets. Team members downloaded commands for the rover to do a "touch-and-go" on an interesting rock on their way to a large feature called Kaibab. Unfortunately, the rover overshot the target and was too close to the rock to utilize the Instrument Deployment Device (IDD)--the rover arm. "It's very hard to estimate how far the rover is going to drive on a given command, because there's a lot of variability in the terrain. The traction provided by a soft soil versus a gravel can change the drive distance," said Mark Powell, FIDO downlink lead. When the situation was realized, team members had a couple of choices. They could spend another two sols backing up and completing their investigation of the rock, or they could move immediately on to the more interesting site - Kaibab. The decision was made to abandon the rock, back up, and drive to Kaibab. Kaibab is a higher priority target, and they would much rather spend precious rover time and resources on the area where they anticipate that they will get the best science.

Eddie Tunstel

Mark Powell

Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu

Eric Baumgartner


Jeff Norris


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