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Originally posted by space cadet
It does look like an old piece of timber, and this would be a phenomonal find in my book, but what really gets my attention is what is that shiny thing across the way? Looks like a light or something is reflecting.
On Sol 115 Opportunity drove 11.7 meters (38.4 feet), coming to rest
about 3 meters (10 feet) from the edge of "Endurance Crater," as
intended. Rover planners had commanded Opportunity to go 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) farther, but the rover decided to stop when it "saw" the edge of the crater in the navigation camera images. This was actually a more conservative response than necessary, as it would have been safe to complete the drive. Rover planners are looking into changing the way they send commands to prevent this over-conservatism next time.
Originally posted by QuietSoul
Upon searching, I noticed something odd...
(To have some pity on the dial ups, I chose to link to the pictures in question instead of loading the pics)
In this picture you'll see the object in question just below the horizon. This picture was taken on the 114th SOL (day)..
So I mosey around a little more, and to my amusement, NASA actually spent quite some time around this 'object'...
On the 115th SOL, you'll see the object much closer.. but nothing that we havent seen so far... (notice we're already past the object)
And again, on the 116th SOL you'll see the object, and much more rover tracks around it...
And well, on the 119th SOL you'll noticed we're still right on top of it...
Thats 5 days NASA spent in this area, and all we have to show for it is a handful of pictures out of very many.. what's in those pictures? What pictures were taken on the 117th and 118th SOL (Navcam) that they refused to post? And before you say that perhaps the rover wasnt in operation, you might note its panoramic pictures taken on the 117th and 118th, but not one single navigation and hazcam picture? Hmmmm?