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Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach

Gaines, Daniel and Belluta, Paolo and Herman, Jennifer and Hwang, Pauline and Mukai, Ryan and Porter, Dan and Jones, Byron and Wood, Eric and Grotzinger, John and Edgar, Lauren and Hayes, Alex and Hare, Trent and Squyres, Steve (2009) Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach. In: 2009 IEEE Aerospace conference. IEEE , Piscataway, NJ, pp. 3922-3933. ISBN 978-1-4244-2621-8.

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The 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, un-characterised 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.

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Additional Information:© 2009 IEEE. Significant portions of the work described in this article were performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under a contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Subject Keywords:Earth; Energy resolution; Image resolution; Mars; Performance analysis; Power engineering and energy; Solar energy; Mars; astronomical image processing; image resolution; planetary rovers; planetary surfaces; Cape Verde; Mars exploration rover; Victoria Crater; cliff face; high resolution imagery; solar energy; strategic analyses; stratigraphy
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Official Citation:Gaines, D.; Belluta, P.; Herman, J.; Hwang, P.; Mukai, R.; Porter, D.; Jones, B.; Wood, E.; Grotzinger, J.; Edgar, L.; Hayes, A.; Hare, T.; Squyres, S.; , "Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach," Aerospace conference, 2009 IEEE , vol., no., pp.1-12, 7-14 March 2009 doi: 10.1109/AERO.2009.4839698
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