Tag Archives: Beacon Rock

Opportunity: Route to the rim

Sol 4616, January 18, 2017. With the soft soil now behind the rover, Opportunity’s Navcam shows a route to the rim crest that promises good driving (1.9 MB). At right, the Hazcam view. Click either image to enlarge it. Opportunity … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Soft soil, then firmer ground

Sol 4614, January 16, 2017. Above, a wide-angle Navcam composite (3.7 MB) from the rover up to the rim crest. At right: Opportunity’s wheels hit soft ground again, before the continued driving reached a place with better trafficability. Click either … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Rolling a little higher

Sol 4611, January 12, 2017. Opportunity rolled about a meter (yard) higher on Sol 4610, then shot a composite with the Navcam. Today’s composite is incomplete on the left, but it clearly shows the profile of Beacon Rock in the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Onward and upward

Sol 4609, January 10, 2017. After driving 23 meters (75 feet) to the west-northwest, Opportunity used the Navcam to shoot three frames showing the way upslope for the next drive. Click image (1.8 MB) to enlarge it. Opportunity raw images, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Seeking firmer ground

Sol 4607, January 8, 2017. Opportunity drove about 13 meters (41 feet) to the northeast, as mission controllers directed the rover toward what should prove to be firmer ground for ascending the slope. The view above (1.7 MB) looks upslope, … Continue reading

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Opportunity report by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

January 4, 2017: Opportunity Wraps 2016, Heads into 2017 Toward 13th Anniversary: As 2016 came to an end and 2017 rang in, Opportunity was working the first leg of the ascent up the rugged western rim of Endeavour Crater on … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam views outcrop, wheel track

Sol 4599 (!), December 31, 2016. Opportunity encountered soft ground on Sol 4591, and mission controllers rolled it back downhill about two feet while they figure how to advance without slippage. In the meantime, the Pancam shot a multi-band survey … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Beacon Rock skyline

Sol 4590, December 22, 2016. In the last two sols, Opportunity drove a short distance (6.4 meters, 21 feet) up the slope. From there, the Pancam took a westward-facing profile of Beacon Rock on the skyline (above). From this lower … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report, December 20, 2016

Sol 4588, December 20, 2016; Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Not a boring flat terrain, but heroically rugged terrain — Hopefully the brakes are good! For a rover that … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Onward and upward

Sol 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). At far left lies a glimpse of Endeavour Crater’s south rim and … Continue reading

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