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Opportunity: Studying the channel near the head of Perseverance Valley

NASA’s senior Mars rover, Opportunity, is examining rocks at the edge of Endeavour Crater for signs that they may have been either transported by a flood or eroded in place by wind. Those scenarios are among the possible explanations rover-team … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report: June 21, 2017

Sol 4766, June 21, 2017; Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Opportunity is doing a geologic walkabout at the entrance to Perseverance Valley. There is an odd trough-like … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Straightens wheel, resumes driving

Opportunity Status Report, June 22, 2017: The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017), leaving the wheel toed out by 33 degrees. Our initial attempts to straighten the wheel failed to yield any … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Rolling again

Sol 4766, June 21, 2017. Opportunity is rolling again, this time with a drive of 4.7 meters (15 feet) to the west-northwest. The multi-frame Pancam composite (above) was taken at a local time of 4 pm in an eastward direction … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Collecting panoramas of high-value targets

Opportunity Status Report, June 13, 2017: Opportunity is at the top of Perseverance Valley on the rim of Endeavour crater. The rover experienced a left-front wheel steering actuator stall on Sol 4750 (June 4, 2017) leaving the wheel ‘toed-out’ by … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Mars crater links to Apollo moonwalk

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity passed near a young crater this spring during the 45th anniversary of Apollo 16′s trip to Earth’s Moon, prompting a connection between two missions. Opportunity’s science team informally named the Martian feature “Orion Crater.” The … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Northeast view over valley, rimrock on Winnemucca

Sol 4759, June 14, 2017. Two Pancam frames look northeast across the head of Perseverance Valley and out onto the floor of Endeavour Crater. Below, the rimrock on Winnemucca mesa, with glimpses of the bright deposit on top. False-color by … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam composite on Winnemucca

Sol 4757, June 12, 2017. Sitting below Winnemucca mesa, Opportunity is continuing to profile its surroundings with the Pancam. This four-shot false-color view (missing some of the filtered frames for the top left quadrant) looks up toward the mesa (Holger … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Walkabout Pancam imaging

Sol 4754, June 8, 2017. As Opportunity continues its “walkabout” survey at the head of Perseverance Valley, the rover used the Pancam to image the soil dug up by a wheel turn (right) at a target site dubbed Laramie. Above … Continue reading

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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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