Opportunity: Looking north

3825-northSol 3825, October 27, 2014. The rover’s left Navcam takes in the view over Wdowiak Ridge, with the rim of Ulysses Crater just visible in the center foreground. In the distance beyond lie the Solander Point and Cape York rim segments.

Mission scientists have noted that dust activity in the atmosphere has substantially raised the atmosphere’s tau, or opacity. This reduces the power provided by the rover’s solar cells. Because the ground on the ridge where Opportunity now stands is tipped somewhat away from the Sun, the mission team is looking to find a more level place for Opportunity so that power reserves can remain safely high.

Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, and a location map.

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