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Sol 2 to 3: First Navcams, and some new craters

8 Aug 2012, 23:15 UTC
Sol 2 to 3: First Navcams, and some new craters
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There was a lot of excitement today because the remote sensing mast successfully deployed and overnight we received the first full-resolution images from the navigation cameras.

Today was another successful day on Mars! I woke up at around 4am and ate a quick breakfast before heading to JPL for my uplink shift. I was on duty as science payload uplink lead 2 (sPUL2) again today, and again it was a boring day for ChemCam. The sPUL2′s job is pretty vague: we are supposed to double check any observations to make sure they don’t look at the sun, and generally assist the ChemCam engineering PUL2 if necessary. Since there wasn’t a lot going on today, I was given permission to attend the science discussion meeting, which occurs at the end of the first shift. As I said yesterday, science discussion is way more fun than uplink meetings!
There was a lot of excitement today because the remote sensing mast successfully deployed and overnight we received the first full-resolution images from the navigation cameras. They revealed a gravely foreground of rolling terrain, marred by blast zones from the Skycrane’s rockets. These scoured areas revealed that there is only a thin layer of ...

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