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Strategic Analysis for the MER Cape Verde ApproachThe Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has recently completed a two year campaign studying Victoria Crater. The campaign culminated in a close approach of Cape Verde in order to acquire high resolution imagery of the exposed stratigraphy in the cliff face. The close approach to Cape Verde provided significant challenges for every subsystem of the rover as the rover needed to traverse difficult, uncharacterised terrain and approach a cliff face with the potential of blocking out solar energy and communications with Earth. In this paper we describe the strategic analyses performed by the science and engineering teams so that we could successfully achieve the science objectives while keeping the rover safe.
Document ID
20150008662
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Gaines, Daniel (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Belluta, Paolo (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Herman, Jennifer (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hwang, Pauline (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Mukai, Ryan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Porter, Dan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Jones, Byron (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Wood, Eric (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Grotzinger, John (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Edgar, Lauren (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hayes, Alex (California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Hare, Trent (Geological Survey Flagstaff, AZ, United States)
Squyres, Steve (Cornell Univ. Ithaca, NY, United States)
Date Acquired
May 20, 2015
Publication Date
March 7, 2009
Subject Category
Lunar and Planetary Science and Exploration
Meeting Information
IEEE Aerospace Conference(Big Sky, MT)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Mission Planning
Mission Operations
Mars Exploration