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Opportunity: The course ahead

Sol 4911, November 17, 2017. As Opportunity’s scientists continue their survey of the troughs and channels in Perseverance Valley, they are driving the rover downhill. Side trips and brief upslope forays may occur as they study the bumps in the … Continue reading

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Opportunity: La Bajada in the rear view mirror

Sol 4910, November 16, 2017. Three Pancam frames (two in false color by Holger Isenberg) look back up slope toward the La Bajada area in Perseverance Valley. Note the rover wheel tracks. Scientists are using Opportunity to examine the ends … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Drifting downhill a few meters

Sol 4907, November 13, 2017. Mission controllers drove Opportunity 8.8 meters (29 feet) downslope from its perch for the last week or two. The Navcam then took a sequence of images looking back up (left side) and toward the northwest … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking down the valley channel

Sol 4903, November 9, 2017. Rover controllers used the Pancam to start taking a series of images that look downhill over a portion of Perseverance Valley’s channel and Opportunity’s wheel tracks. Click image to enlarge it. Opportunity raw images, its … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Reshoot on Mesilla

Sol 4900 (!), November 5, 2017. To understand what caused the striations on the target dubbed Mesilla, Opportunity’s science team took advantage of the rover being parked at La Bajada to reshoot the rock with the Microscopic Imager. Once again, … Continue reading

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Opportunity report, Sol 4896, by A.J.S. Rayl, The Planetary Society

November 2, 2017: Opportunity Pops Wheelies Over Etched Rocks in Perseverance. As the brutally cold weather got even colder at Endeavour Crater in October, the depths of winter gripped the Mars Exploration Rovers mission, Opportunity decelerated, and ‘life’ on Mars … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Closeup on Mesilla rock texture

Sol 4895, October 31, 2017. Rover scientists commanded the Microscopic Imager to shoot six frames on a grooved rock dubbed Mesilla at the La Bajada site, as they seek to find out what made the grooves. Wind? Water? Unclear as … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Shadows of afternoon lengthen

Sol 4893, October 29, 2017. Opportunity is parked in the area dubbed La Bajada. The top shot at right was taken by the left Hazcam at 3:38 p.m. local time, the one below 19 minutes later. Click either to enlarge … Continue reading

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Opportunity: Looking at La Bajada

Sol 4891, October 27, 2017. Opportunity’s current target of study is a rocky area dubbed La Bajada. The Pancam shot a two-frame composite showing the surface of the rocks partly embedded in the soil. The rocks show shallow grooves that … Continue reading

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Opportunity: 10 feet back upslope

Sol 4890, October 26, 2017. Seeking to examine some rocks upslope from Opportunity’s last position, scientists drove the rover about 10 feet back. This places the front of the rover where the instrument arm can work on a target area … Continue reading

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