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SFS News: Partially Opened Oven on Phoenix

Posted by: Klaus Schmidt - Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:25 pm
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Post SFS News: Partially Opened Oven on Phoenix   Posted on: Wed Jun 04, 2008 4:25 pm
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(NASA) - This view from the Robotic Arm Camera on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows partial opening of doors to one of the tiny ovens of the Thermal and Evolved-Gas Analyzer.

Each oven has a pair of spring-loaded doors. Near the center of the image, the partial opening of a pair of doors reveals screen over the opening where a soil sample will be delivered. The door to the right is fully opened and the one to the left is partially deployed. The doors are 10 centimeters (4 inches) long. The opening is 4 centimeters (1.5 inches) wide.

Tests on the Phoenix testbed at the University of Arizona, Tucson, indicate that a soil sample could be delivered into the oven through the partially opened doors. Engineers are also exploring possibilities for opening the doors more completely.

This image was taken during Phoenix's eighth Martian day, or sol (June 2, 2008).

The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

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Post possible fix?   Posted on: Thu Jun 05, 2008 1:12 pm
since the robotic arm was designed to dump soil samples into the oven, couldn't they just use the arm to give the oven door a couple of nudges to free it up?


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Post    Posted on: Thu Jun 05, 2008 4:31 pm
I'm not sure if that might damage the cover? What if one door slides into the oven?

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