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Opportunity: Reshoot on Mesilla

Sol 4900 (!), November 5, 2017. To understand what caused the striations on the target dubbed Mesilla, Opportunity’s science team took advantage of the rover being parked at La Bajada to reshoot the rock with the Microscopic Imager. Once again, … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 4896, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

November 2, 2017: Opportunity Pops Wheelies Over Etched Rocks in Perseverance. As the brutally cold weather got even colder at Endeavour Crater in October, the depths of winter gripped the Mars Exploration Rovers mission, Opportunity decelerated, and ‘life’ on Mars … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Closeup on Mesilla rock texture

Sol 4895, October 31, 2017. Rover scientists commanded the Microscopic Imager to shoot six frames on a grooved rock dubbed Mesilla at the La Bajada site, as they seek to find out what made the grooves. Wind? Water? Unclear as … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Shadows of afternoon lengthen

Sol 4893, October 29, 2017. Opportunity is parked in the area dubbed La Bajada. The top shot at right was taken by the left Hazcam at 3:38 p.m. local time, the one below 19 minutes later. Click either to enlarge … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking at La Bajada

Sol 4891, October 27, 2017. Opportunity’s current target of study is a rocky area dubbed La Bajada. The Pancam shot a two-frame composite showing the surface of the rocks partly embedded in the soil. The rocks show shallow grooves that … Continue reading

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Opportunity: 10 feet back upslope

Sol 4890, October 26, 2017. Seeking to examine some rocks upslope from Opportunity’s last position, scientists drove the rover about 10 feet back. This places the front of the rover where the instrument arm can work on a target area … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Composite view toward north

Sol 4886, October 22, 2017. Above is a composite view of Navcam shots starting with one that looks straight up the slope Opportunity is parked on (left side) and continuing on the north side around to look straight downslope (right … Continue reading

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Opportunity spends the week imaging

Opportunity Status Report, October 20, 2017: Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. Although winter conditions are constraining activity, rover energy production has improved slightly, and more of the earlier relay … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 4864, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

October 2, 2017: Opportunity Braves Onset of Winter to Picture Perseverance. The Martian winter began to grip Endeavour Crater in September, slowing the pace of the Mars Exploration Rovers mission. But Opportunity braved the brutal cold in Perseverance Valley and … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Recent drive improves energy levels slightly

Opportunity Status Report, October 16, 2017: Opportunity is continuing her winter exploration of “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The cold, low-light winter conditions continue to constrain activity, although with a recent drive, energy levels have improved … Continue reading

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