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Daily Updates - February 16, 2004
Opportunity Status at end of sol 23

The Opportunity rover successfully dug an 8-centimeter (3.1 inch) trench on Mars using its right front "paw" or wheel on sol 23, which will end at 10:19 p.m. Monday, PST. Sol 23's wake-up music was "Spinning Wheel" by Blood, Sweat, and Tears, in honor of the right front wheel.

Opportunity also made observations with the navigation camera to help prepare for the drive to a target of interest within the outcrop named "El Capitan" later this week.

The plan for sol 24, which will end at 10:59 p.m. Tuesday, PST, is to thoroughly examine the freshly exposed layers of dirt and ground inside the rover-made hole. Opportunity will use its microscopic imager, Mössbauer spectrometer, and alpha particle X-ray spectrometer to take parallel science measurements and compare with those with measurements made on sol 22 during pre-trench activities.

Opportunity Daily Update Archive