Waking Up With Mars

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Opportunity Rover Status: Opportunity to "Stow and Go"
Opportunity woke up on sol 11 to Duran Duran's "Please Tell Me Now" and successfully completed a 24-hour observation of the soil with the mossbauer instrument at "Tarmac." The arm rotated to place the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer on the same patch of soil and observations with that instrument are underway. Scientists are busy trying to determine what geologic processes formed the spherical grains seen through the eyes of the microscopic imager. The plan for sol 12 is to stow the arm and go for a 3 meter (about 10 feet) drive to the right of the outcrop where they hope to trench on sol 14 (Saturday).


(thanks to R. Moore for the news!)