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Opportunity report, Sol 4836, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

September 1, 2017: Opportunity Ventures Deeper into Perseverance: Along the western rim of Endeavour Crater, Opportunity forged onward in August vicariously taking the Mars Exploration Rovers team – along with a global contingent of mission observers all around Earth – … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Perched on a lily pad, looking down

Sol 4836, September 1, 2017. With a bit of driving on Sol 4834 (note the tracks at left), Opportunity is now perched on one of its “lily pads,” bits of ground that tip the rover’s solar panels northward for better … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Seeks energy-favorable locations to recharge its solar panels during winter

Opportunity Status Report, August 31, 2017. Opportunity is exploring “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour crater. Winter has constrained the energy levels on the rover, so the project has been exercising the strategy of driving the rover from … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Going upslope a few meters

Sol 4834, August 30, 2017. A quiet day at Endeavour Crater, with Opportunity making a short drive upslope of about 5 meters (16 feet). This Hazcam view, taken a little after 4 p.m. local time, shows the rover’s tracks, with … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Outcrop near valley channel

Sol 4831, August 27, 2017. Parked on a north-tipping slope for better power, Opportunity is imaging its surroundings. Above is a two-frame Navcam view looking northward (with strong lens flare), while below is a Pancam triptych of the rounded rocks … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Staying put for a bit to image valley

Opportunity Status Report, August 22, 2017: Opportunity is located in “Perseverance Valley” on the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The rover has been staying in place collecting extensive Panoramic Camera (Pancam) stereo panoramas. Now that we are in the valley, … Continue reading

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Opportunity: North end of valley by Pancam

Sol 4820, August 15, 2017. The Pancam takes a false-color (Holger Isenberg) view of the northern part of the Perseverance Valley floor. (The right hand image lacks some filtered frames for making a color reconstruction.)  Click image to enlarge it. … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Southern view by Navcam

Sol 4818, August 13, 2017. With Opportunity parked at the same location since Sol 4816 (August 11), the Navcan shot a six-frame half panorama looking south. Part of the valley channel is just visible at the left edge of the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Rolling down the slope

Sol 4816, August 11, 2017. Following a 10.5-meter (35-foot) drive downslope, Opportunity used the Navcam to shoot a semi-panorama looking back uphill. (Click image to enlarge it.) From the Opportunity Status Report through Sol 4814: “…Opportunity is located in Perseverance … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Afternoon shadows lengthen on rock etched by windblown sand

Sol 4814, August 9, 2017. In late afternoon, Opportunity stops with the Perseverance Valley channel visible ahead (above). At right is an outcrop appearing strongly scoured by sand grains. Below is a two-frame Navcam shot of the outcrop from the … Continue reading

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