Tag Archives: Cape Tribulation

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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Opportunity: Looking around, looking down

Sol 4699, April 13, 2017. At the foot of Cape Tribulation, there’s an exposure of flat-lying rock that scientists are examining. At right is a false-color image showing Opportunity’s “work plane” (where the instrument can reach). Above is another false … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pausing to check the surroundings

Sol 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, … Continue reading

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