Tag Archives: Opportunity

Opportunity: Cruising past Casper

Sol 4717, May 1, 2017. The rover’s Navcam looked back toward the north and east, capturing a diminutive impact crater dubbed Casper Crater, after the Command and Service Module for the Apollo 16 Moon mission. Click image to enlarge it. … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Approaching the valley

Sol 4716, April 30, 2017. With an east-southeast drive of nearly 40 meters (130 feet approximately), Opportunity is drawing near to the head of Perseverance Valley. At right, Winnemucca mesa stands overlooking the scene. Click image to enlarge it. Opportunity … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Mariner 4 Crater

Sol 4713, April 27, 2017. This is Mariner 4 Crater, a small impact feature, as imaged in false colors (Holger Isenberg) by Opportunity’s Pancam. More on its namesake spacecraft here. Click image to enlarge it. Opportunity raw images, its latest … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Passing Orion Crater

Sol 4712, April 26, 2017. Orion Crater is an old, rather degraded impact crater about 25 meters (82 feet) wide. Opportunity drove along its western edge on the way toward Perservence Valley.  The crater appears in the Navcam composite above … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Head of the valley just ahead

Sol 4711, April 25, 2017. After a 36-meter (120-foot) drive to the southeast, the Pancam shows the head of Perseverance Valley as a shallow notch in the center of this three-frame composite. It lies about 100 meters (330 feet) away. … 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: Rolling toward Perseverance

Sol 4709, April 23, 2017. Four Navcam frames show the vista ahead as Opprtunity rolls toward the head of Perseverance Valley (arrow). Thanks to a long drive on Sol 4705, the rover has caught up with mission planners’ timeline for … 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 landing site in color

A new observation from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captures the landing platform that the rover Opportunity left behind in Eagle Crater more than 13 years and 27 miles (or 44 kilometers) ago. A series of bounces and tumbles after … 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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