Opportunity: Pausing to check the surroundings

4697-miSol 4697, April 11, 2017. Having descended the the southern slope of the Cape Tribulation rim segment, mission controllers paused and shot some Pancam views of targets around the rover.

Above is the view looking back uphill to the north, showing the outcrop-studded southern face of Cape Tribulation. (The tracks the rover made as it descended are visible at far left.)

At right is the Microscopic Imager’s close-up view of a piece of a nearby outcrop. And below is a two-frame view of the flat outcrop. Click any image to enlarge it; color reconstructions by Holger Isenberg.

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


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