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Larry CrumplerMay 24, 2013

Field Report From Mars: Sol 3317- May 24, 2013

• Since sol 3308 Opportunity has been driving south

• On sol 3315 Opportunity reached the end of Cape York; now driving in the "plains"

Opportunity finally started driving south from its location on the outcrop where it had been since solar conjunction. Below are a couple of maps showing the current location (red circles) and the position on the outcrop (light blue circle) before it started the drive south. Downlinks have been poor for various reasons. So there is not a lot of image data down yet from all the driving this past week.

Sometime soon, within about 800 m (probably within two weeks) Opportunity will surpass the all time off-Earth distance driving record originally set by the Russian Lunakhod rover in 1973. Opportunity moved into second place within the last couple of weeks when it exceeded the Apollo 17 distance record.

Opportunity's traverse as of sol 3315

NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Larry Crumpler

Opportunity's traverse as of sol 3315
Opportunity's traverse as of sol 3315 (with geologic units)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona/Larry Crumpler

Opportunity's traverse as of sol 3315 (with geologic units)

Here is the odometry countdown........

Opportunity odometer readings as of sol 3310 vs. Lunakhod

Larry Crumpler

Opportunity odometer readings as of sol 3310 vs. Lunakhod

Read more: Opportunity, mission status, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars

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Larry Crumpler
Larry Crumpler

Research Curator Volcanology and Space Sciences/Associate Research Professor for New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science/University of New Mexico
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