Opportunity: Onward and upward

4588-navcam1P535484466ESFCU00P2590L5M1_L2L5L5L7L7Sol 4588, December 20, 2016. Opportunity drove about 21 meters (69 feet) upslope, then stopped and took a five-frame Navcam composite (2.8 MB) centered on azimuth 252° (west-southwest). 1F535488424EFFCU83P1212R0M1

At far left lies a glimpse of Endeavour Crater’s south rim and floor. The large massif dubbed Mount Jefferson looms in the south. To the right of it stand lower and closer knobs (such as Beacon Rock, dead ahead). These obscure the crest of the Cape Tribulation rim segment the rover is currently exploring. In the foreground lie patches of exposed rock, mostly swept clean of sand and gravel, but with small pebbles on them. Click image to enlarge it.

1R535492359EFFCU83P1311R0M1At right are (top to bottom): a false-color collection of wind-faceted rocks imaged by Pancam (Holger Isenberg reconstruction), and the end-of-drive Hazcam views (also click to enlarge).

Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, a location map, and atmospheric opacity, known as tau.

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