A Community Devoted to the Preservation and Practice of Celestial Navigation and Other Methods of Traditional Position-Finding
From: Frank Reed
Date: 2018 Nov 30, 08:39 -0800
Greg, you wrote:
"Curiosity rover at 4.5895° S 137.4416° E. Looks like the Insight position is only known to a tenth of a degree. I'll be checking daily to see if the Insight position precision is increased to the same level as the Curiosity rover."
Yes, that should happen soon. And also, you can check to see if the coordinates for Curiosity change since... you know... it's a rover. That 0.0001° precision is about 20 feet on the ground. Presumably the position data is pulled, eventually, from a NASA website, perhaps via the corresponding Wikipedia article. Does the app author update this manually? Or is it taken from an automated feed? You should be able to determine that after a few weeks. I suspect, though, that these coordinates match the rover's location on day one. How far has it travelled since then?? How much would this affect local solar time (not that they would keep local time for mission planning ...but maybe worth knowing as a "curiosity").