Opportunity on the move
Posted by Emily Lakdawalla
29-09-2009 23:49 CDT
While I've been focused on lunar water and MESSENGER and LCROSS the rest of our unmanned robotic missions have carried on business as usual, and right now business as usual for the Opportunity rover is driving, driving, driving. It departed the meteorite named Block Island on sol 2,004 and has routinely clocked 70 meters per driving day (with drives every other day). Tosol is the 2,020nd and Opportunity's now more than half a kilometer west of Block Island and beginning to find some of the nice bedrock that it was aiming for.
But experience suggests Opportunity won't keep up this pace indefinitely. And -- what's that up in the distance? Another meteorite? Who knows? Maybe we'd better go see!
P.S. Word from the MESSENGER mission is that images should be released at 10 am Eastern time tomorrow, which is 1400 UT, or 7 am my time. That's assuming that the downlink planned to happen right now goes according to plan. Stay tuned.