Opportunity: Churned soil, streams of dust

4315-pancam-fcSol 4315, March 14, 2016. The Pancam (in Holger Isenberg’s false-color version) reveals composition differences among the rocks and soil where the rover’s wheels dug into the ground as they tried to find traction on the steep slope. Click to enlarge.

1N511254444EFFCPEFP1990L0M1At right, the Navcam captured streams of dust on the rover’s rear solar panel. The dust was shaken loose from Opportunity’s upper surfaces by the vibration of the spinning wheels, as the rover struggled for several days to climb the 32° slope. The wheels spun enough to have carried the rover 20 meters (66 feet) on a flat surface. But it still failed to reach the outcrop only a few meters upslope.

Opportunity raw images, its latest mission status, a location map. and atmospheric opacity, known as tau.

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