Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Sept. 19th Telecon

  At this morning's audio teleconference we learned that Curiosity has covered nearly 300 meters (1000 ft) on her way towards Glenelg. It was also mentioned that Glenelg is not a particular point on Mars but rather the whitish area that can now be seen to the east in the Navcam images.
  The rover team has also selected "Jake Matijevic", an approximately 1 ft diameter rock, as the first target to do a chemical composition study on in addition to capturing close-up images with MAHLI. Jake Matijevic was a former systems engineer who was responsible for the development of the Mars rovers Sojourner, Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. He died a few days after Curiosity's landing. A video of Phobos' eclipse of the Sun was captured and a few images from that have been downloaded. The eclipse images record the motion of the moon which can be used to tell us more about the physical geodesy, gravitational potential and consequentially the interior of Mars.

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