#MoonWalk Day 1, 2.3 km

#MoonWalk Day 1, 2.3 km

Walking in Space

Well, that was fun. Where should I walk next?

Well, where should humanity walk next? Mars exploration is great, but I’ve never been less than hostile to the idea that we shouldn’t go back to the Moon because “we’ve been there”. There’s all sorts of ways to argue that’s shortsighted, but let’s just point out the Moon’s surface area is 37.9 million square kilometers. That’s just a little smaller than the continent of Asia. If you wanted to thoroughly understand Asia, would you send twelve men there to spend a total of a couple days each? Fortunately even if the US doesn’t want to return to the Moon, there seems to be good enthusiasm on the parts of Europe and China.

So I think I’ll go for a #MoonWalk.

But let’s make this more ambitious than the #MarsWalk. My plan is a closed route visiting every object that has soft landed…

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#MarsWalk DONE

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You know that projected completion on June 14? Forget it. I decided to cover it all today on the bike.

First of all, where’s Curiosity? Good question. In Google Mars’s Mars Gallery there’s a marker for Curiosity and a traverse path, but besides being out of date it’s offset with respect to this path by Nogal at unmannedspaceflight.com. And there’s a HiRISE/CTX Overlay Map which is offset in the opposite sense from the global Visible Imagery layer. Nogal’s path seems more compatible with the Overlay Map than any other combination, so I’ll take those as correct. And Curiosity’s moved since Sol 1711, the last on Nogal’s path, but Phil Stooke shows the position as of Sol 1720. It’s moved a few meters since then, but close enough.

I was about 20.4 km from Curiosity, so I went on mapmyride.com and drew up a route of that length.

(Yeah, MapMyRide…

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#MarsWalk Streams inside out

Walking in Space

Day 520, 3044.9 km. No bike today. 5 km worth of college registration and yard work.

A closer look near me:

There’s something that looks like a couple of stream channels, except they’re above the surrounding terrain, not below it. The explanation is that after drying up, the stream beds were more resistant to erosion than the stuff around it.

I’m near the north end of this HiRISE image, and will be going almost straight down the middle of it the next couple days.

99.3%, projected arrival at Curiosity June 14.


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

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#MarsWalk Guess who has two thumbs and is inside Gale Crater?

#MarsWalk Guess who has two thumbs and is inside Gale Crater?

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Day 519, 3039.9 km. Up over the rim yesterday!And yeah, there are some HiRISE pictures here.Such as this one. I’m about in the middle of this:

99.2%, projected arrival at Curiosity June 14 — about Wednesday. Of course, if I manage to get on my bike this weekend, it’ll be much sooner. Time for more or less daily reports from now on!


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MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

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#MarsWalk Day 513, 3003.9 km

#MarsWalk Day 513, 3003.9 km

Walking in Space

I got home too late last night to post an update, so this is a day late. Which is okay, because it wasn’t until today that I crossed the 3000 km mark.

In a few days I’ll be inside Gale Crater.

I’m posting this on a new blog, Walking in Space, and reblogging it on Doctroidal Dissertations. And I’ve copied the MarsWalk posts from DD to WiS. What for, given that I’ll be done with this challenge in a couple weeks? Obviously because there’s a sequel planned. OR IS THERE?


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

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#MarsWalk Day 505, 2960.9 km

#MarsWalk Day 505, 2960.9 km

Over 500 days in. Definitely working through the ejecta immediately around Gale Crater.

The first Cycle in the City ride was Sunday: 18 miles, to which I added 3 more by parking at the Inner Harbor, so altogether 33.8 km. That’s roughly 5 days’ travel at my average speed, which means I’ll arrive several days sooner.

96.6%, projected arrival at Curiosity June 13.


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

#MarsWalk Day 498, 2893.8 km

#MarsWalk Day 498, 2893.8 km

This Google Earth Blog post showed up in my RSS reader today, as a result of which I’m making a slight course correction, because I can’t resist visiting the Google data center on Mars, announced a few hours before April 1 of this year. It’ll add negligibly to the distance remaining. But I did add a few km to the total distance I’ve been assuming (it’s now 3065 km according to Google Maps), because I’ve extended the path to go to the Curiosity rover after visiting the MSL at Bradbury Landing. I’m not certain how up to date that Curiosity position is, I’ll have to check on that, but given how slow the rover moves, I’m sure it isn’t far off.

94.4%, projected arrival at Curiosity June 18.


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MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

#MarsWalk Day 484, 2811.8 km

#MarsWalk Day 484, 2811.8 km

Besides crossing the Equator last week, I crossed the boundaries of a HiRISE photo. As of Friday I was near the southwest corner of that image. Earth weather was fairly miserable last week and I didn’t cover a lot of distance.

92.1%, projected arrival at MSL (Bradbury Landing) June 17.


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)

#MarsWalk Day 470, 2724.0 km

#MarsWalk Day 470, 2724.0 km

I finally did it. Laundered my pedometer.It still turns on, except for a few dead LCD segments, but what it doesn’t seem to do any more is count steps, which is a drawback for a pedometer. Remind me not to toss it out without extracting the nearly-new battery.

I have a backup pedometer, the one that I lost in my back yard and then found again a week or so later. It has dead LCD segments too, but does count steps. I’m not sure it counts them accurately. It read quite a lot more steps today than Google Fit on my phone did. For now I’ll assume the lower number is correct.

No bike ride this rainy week.

I’m right in the middle of the lumpy stuff on Mars, which I am assuming is Gale Crater ejecta. Sixty km to my west:

 


MarsWalk spreadsheet

MarsWalk kmz file (for Google Earth — View >> Explore >> Mars)