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Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach

January 1, 2009

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, 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. ??2009 IEEE.

Publication Year 2009
Title Strategic analysis for the MER Cape Verde approach
DOI 10.1109/AERO.2009.4839698
Authors Daniel Gaines, Paolo Belluta, Jennifer Herman, Pauline Hwang, Ryan Mukai, Dan Porter, Byron Jones, Eric Wood, John P. Grotzinger, Lauren A. Edgar, Alex Hayes, Trent M. Hare, Steve W. Squyres
Publication Type Conference Paper
Publication Subtype Conference Paper
Index ID 70036695
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse