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Opportunity report, Sol 4746, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

June 6, 2017: Opportunity shoots the moon on arrival at Perseverance Valley: In another dynamic demonstration of what can be achieved when a team works together, Opportunity cruised to the top of Perseverance Valley in May, shot the moon, and … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam profiles Cape Tribulation

Sol 4743, May 28, 2017. Sitting on the northern edge of Perseverance Valley, Opportunity has been using the Pancam to image the landscape to profile the head of the valley and its upper reaches. This north-looking composite (false color by … Continue reading

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Opportunity: At the valley’s head

Sol 4733, May 18, 2017. With Opportunity perched at the top of the slope leading down into Perseverance Valley, mission scientists and rover drivers are imaging the terrain all around the rover. Above, the view toward the south with Winnemucca … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Ripples in the ‘spillway’

Sol 4720, May 4, 2017. After a 12-meter (40-foot) drive, Opportunity is at the “spillway” that marks the entrance to Perseverance Valley. Sand ripples spread across the rover’s path, perhaps piled up by easterly winds blowing out of Endurance Crater. … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Rover backtrail

Sol 4710, April 24, 2017. The Navcam shot a semi-pan looking back north and showing the rover’s tracks as it came down from Cape Tribulation and across the level separating that cape from the next one south, Cape Byron. The … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Sights ahead

Sol 4706, April 21, 2017. After a 19-meter (62-foot) drive, the rover’s Pancam surveyed the ground ahead. The left arrow points to the start of Perseverance Valley, the right arrow indicates a bright outcrop of rock to investigate, and the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Heading for the valley

Sol 4705, April 19, 2017. The Navcam shows the way forward toward the head of Perseverance Valley, with Winnemucca mesa beyond. At right is a false-color view of the RATted area at Ogalalla (Holger Isenberg). Click either image to enlarge … Continue reading

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Opportunity leaves Cape Tribulation

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is departing “Cape Tribulation,” a crater-rim segment it has explored since late 2014, southbound for its next destination, “Perseverance Valley.” The rover team plans observations in the valley to determine what type of fluid activity … Continue reading

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Opportunity: RAT and roll

Sol 4705, April 19, 2017. After doing a RAT-grind on the outcrop target Ogalalla, Opportunty drove more than 130 meters (430 feet) southward, leaving the outcrop behind. At top right, the right-side front Hazcam shows the rear view, while below, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: RATting Ogalalla

Sol 4704, April 18, 2017. On its path to Perseverance Valley, the rover drove across an area of flat rock, apparently bedrock. But what rock unit is it? As a target of, um, opportunity, the science team decided to drill … Continue reading

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