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Sol 2382: After the drill is before the drill…

19 Apr 2019, 00:00 UTC
Sol 2382: After the drill is before the drill…
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Image taken by the Front Hazard Camera on Sol 2381 (2019-04-18 14:51:13 UTC). It shows the rover in its new position at target ‘Kilmarie,’ which is on the small triangular block in the center of the field of view.
Some days just give me goose bumps. First, looking at yesterday’s plan I realized that we did something really unusual overnight: Wrap up the drill activity on one site and start the drill activities on the next in the same sol. As reported yesterday, we said Good-bye to ‘Aberlady,’ and we turned the rover to ‘Kilmarie,’ our next drill target. The two targets are just 80 centimetres away from each other.
But that was not the only thing that made the day special. On some days we start planning just before the MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter) data downlink is due to deliver the data that we need for planning. Today was such a day. Seeing the data arrive, displaying them the moment they show up, and discussing what we see immediately after the data reached us, is one of the most exciting moments of such a planning day. But there wasn’t much time to think about emotions, because we were looking ...

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