Tag Archives: Opportunity

Opportunity: Shifting position southward

Sol 4746, May 31, 2017. Rover controllers drove Opportunity more than 18 meters (about 60 feet) to the south-southwest, exploring the head of Perserverance Valley. The Navcam view above (click to enlarge) shows Winnemucca mesa in the center and the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam profiles Cape Tribulation

Sol 4743, May 28, 2017. Sitting on the northern edge of Perseverance Valley, Opportunity has been using the Pancam to image the landscape to profile the head of the valley and its upper reaches. This north-looking composite (false color by … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Imaging the valley

Sol 4736, May 21, 2017. Three Navcam frames look southeast from the head of Perserverance Valley. At right, a false-color Pancam image from Sol 4735 (Holger Isenberg) shows the ground near the rover, with rocks displaying what is likely fluting … Continue reading

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Opportunity field report: May 18, 2017

Sol 4734, May 18, 2017; Rover Field Report by Larry Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science: Opportunity has arrived at the head of Perseverance Valley, a possible water-cut valley here at a low … Continue reading

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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 begins study of valley’s origin

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has reached the main destination of its current two-year extended mission — an ancient fluid-carved valley incised on the inner slope of a vast crater’s rim. As the rover approached the upper end of “Perseverance … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking up at Winnemucca in color

Sol 4723, May 7, 2017. Pressure from the advancing season means that Opportunity is not going to drive up and investigate Winnemucca mesa at close range, so mission scientists chose to use the Pancam in high-resolution mode to image it … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Pancam scopes the valley entrance

Sols 4722-23, May 6-7, 2017. Over two days, the Pancam took a multi-frame set of images to show the entrance to Perseverance Valley in false colors (reconstructions by Holger Isenberg).  The northern half of the valley is above, the southern … 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 report, Sol 4716, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

May 3, 2017: Opportunity closes in on Perseverance Valley: Opportunity spent the month of April 2017 outside the western rim of Endeavour Crater, cruising toward Cape Byron and Perseverance Valley, the centerpiece of the Mars Explorations Rovers (MER) tenth extended … Continue reading

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