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Thursday, February 26, 2004



MER Update

Today MER-B was woken up by "Let it Be" by the Beatles. Opportunity spent the yestersol getting the Mössbauer spectrometer to the RAT's hole in "McKittrick." The data was sent that night, along with the X-ray spectrometer data (to get missing packets).

The power MER-B is getting from its solar cells is dwindling due to the seasonal transition to summer. To compensate NASA is routing outbound transitions through Odyssey and only uplinking to the rover via direct earth communication. The rover is also "cat napping" to save energy through the day.

MER-A stopped short of completing its task because of built-in safeties. Spirit and Opportunity are both collecting hi-res pictures all the time.

A short, time-lapse video of the Martian sun set is available here, complements of NASA.

(More info: NASA)


- posted by Jim @ 18:45 EST