Mars Exploration Rover Update - April 21, 2004

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OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: On the Way to 'Fram Crater' - sol 84, Apr 19, 2004

Opportunity began sol 84, which ended at 3:34 p.m. PST on April 19, with some remote sensing observations and analysis with the microscopic imager and Mössbauer spectrometer. At 13:13 Mars Local Solar time, Opportunity began a 25-meter (82 feet) drive toward "Fram Crater," taking images of its surroundings on the way. At the conclusion of the drive the rover acquired more remote sensing.

Opportunity will spend sol 85, which ends at 4:13 p.m. PST on April 20,

2004, using the instruments on its instrument deployment device to investigate a rock target at Fram Crater.

OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Finally at 'Fram' - sol 85, Apr 21, 2004

Opportunity got an up-close look at the rocky nature of "Fram Crater" as it approached the crater on sol 85, which ended at 4:13 p.m. PDT on April

  1. After some morning remote sensing, the rover drove to the target rock dubbed "Pilbara," near the crater rim.

The wake-up song was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!" by Jack Norworth in honor of all the baseball-related target names chosen this sol.

Plans called for Opportunity to grind into Pilbara with its rock abrasion tool on sol 86.

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