Tag Archives: MER

Opportunity: Toward the valley’s southern side

Sol 5040, March 29, 2018. The rover took a set of Pancam frames with Aguas Calientes in full sunlight, then it turned to the south-southeast and motored a distance of 4.2 meters (almost 14 feet). This moved Opportunity toward the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Backing away from Aguas Calientes

Sol 5038, March 27, 2018. Opportunity backed uphill away from the Aguas Calientes grind target a distance of a meter (40 inches). Then the Pancam shot (right) a multi-filtered set of frames showing the grind target and nearby parts of … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Aguas Calientes rimshots

Sol 5036, March 25, 2018. Over the weekend, Opportunity kept the Microscopic Imager with its nose to the outcrop, shooting a pair of images (above) on the upper rim of the grind hole in Aguas Calientes. Then it dropped below … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Aguas Calientes, deeper grind

Sol 5033, March 22, 2018. The Microscopic Imager reshot Aguas Calientes after Opportunity’s Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) ground the hole a little deeper to remove all trace of the surface texture and reveal the rock’s internal fabric. (Earlier MI mosaics … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking upslope from Aguas Calientes

Sol 5031, March 20, 2018. While Opportunity’s instrument arm is busy with the just-RATted target Aguas Calientes, the Navcam shot a three-frame composite looking upslope across Perseverance Valley’s channels toward the southwest. Rover tracks at right show Opportunity’s path as … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Grinding into Aguas Calientes

Sol 5028, March 17, 2018. After brushing the target named Aguas Calientes, mission scientists commanded the Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) to grind a shallow hole 2 millimeters (about 0.1 inch) into the rock. Then the Microscopic Imager shot the four … Continue reading

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Opportunity: RATting on Aguas Calientes

Sol 5026, March 15, 2018. For the first time in more than a year, Opportunity’s mission team put the rover’s Rock Abrasion Tool (RAT) to work on a target: Aguas Calientes, part of the large Ysleta del Sur outcrop. The … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Aguas Calientes’ surface texture

Sol 5024, March 13, 2018. The Microscopic Imager moved in close to examine the surface of the target dubbed Aguas Calientes. Mission scientists are hoping to understand the nature of the rock in the outcrop and what created its streaky … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Ysleta del Sur, in Pancam false color

The mosaic at right, showing the outcrop named Ysleta del Sur, was built from Pancam frames taken on Sols 5019-22, March 8-11, 2019. (The false-color reconstructions are by Holger Isenberg.) Click the image (1.8 MB) to enlarge it. Opportunity raw … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Closeup on Guanajuato

Sol 5018, March 7, 2018. The Microscopic Imager shot a 12-frame portrait of the target dubbed Guanajuato. The rock face displays a variety of textures, which appear to include wind erosion and perhaps mineral veins. Click the image (5.6 MB) … Continue reading

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