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reply to post by gortex
And whatever happened to the U.S. presidential limo? How was it moved from the edge where it got stuck because of its enormous size and weight? I wonder why the secretive service doesn't look at those kind of hazards in advance (I bet they will now). Hopefully the same type of governmental workers aren't driving the Rover into a blind sand dune, not knowing what massive boulders are underneath. This may be a trip of inches-at-a-time, accessing what it's bumping up against, if anything.edit on 4-2-2014 by Aleister because: (no reason given)
According to NASA the dune is 3 feet high at the middle , I guess they may try to go for the either end of the dune.
its like a scene from Ice Cold In Alex. That rover and its drivers deserve a nice cold drink.
Sol 533 : As planned the rover has climbed part way up the dune at Dingo Gap. It will remain in this position for a short time to see how the dune behaves, this gives the team an opportunity to safely return to the starting point if there are any issues. Initial assessment of the wheel tracks indicated good compaction of the sand. This NavCam image shows the front right wheel close to the top of the dune.
It looks a long way down , fingers firmly crossed.
Photosynth version of the Sol 533 Navcam panorama, which allows you to "look around" the place: photosynth.net...
Far from perfect stitching (done automatically in Microsoft ICE), but it's a great view, being atop that dune.
I would hope for a MAHLI self-portrait in such a spectacular location.
reply to post by Jukiodone
I am fairly certain that NASA has no intention to jump anything and that it was just the author's way of drawing attention to the article.
It sounds like a feat of daring-do but in order to avoid sharp rocks that have been denting Curiosity's wheels NASA intend to mount and drive over the dune at Dingo Gap.
Smoother terrain ahead: Looking over the top of the dune at Dingo Gap
Curiosity has already had one scuff at the base of the barrier, using a wheel to test the sand's consistency. The robot would have no problem managing the incline but mission planners will be concerned about the potential for any rocks hidden inside the dune to damage or snare Curiosity. Engineers believe the path ahead between two scarps referred to as "Dingo Gap" will be kinder on the rover's wheels.
This could be quite a ride , fingers crossed we don't lose the rover in the sand
reply to post by gortex
Good luck Curiosity
Maybe next time NASA should send one of these
edit on 4-2-2014 by Mianeye because: (no reason given)
This new interactive image put together by panoramacist Andrew Bodrov using the latest imagery from Curiosity allows you to nearly join the rover on Mars as it looks down across a sand dune and into the “Dingo Gap” area and the valley beyond.