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Larry Crumpler

Field Report From Mars: Sol 4410 - June 20, 2016

Posted by Larry Crumpler

28-07-2016 8:02 CDT

Topics: Opportunity, mission status, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars

Opportunity is finishing up its activities here in Marathon Valley, on the western rim of the 22 km-diameter Endeavour impact crater. Over the past few weeks it has been “walking” along a ridge inspecting the outcrops. From orbit this location was spied as containing significant clay minerals, so the rocks here have been studied carefully.

Opportunity's traverse so far

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / NMMNH / Larry Crumpler

Opportunity's traverse so far

Part of the western rim of Endeavour showing the traverse thus far.

Closer view of Opportunity's position in Marathon Valley

NASA / JPL-Caltech / UA / NMMNH / Larry Crumpler

Closer view of Opportunity's position in Marathon Valley

A closer look at the valley. Marathon Valley is an unusually deep “cut” in the rim of Endeavour. This may be part of the reason why we are seeing something a little different here. But maybe not. Science can be peculiar that way. (Which is why scientists tend to be skeptical of everything and test everything. When a bunch of scientists start saying the same thing, then you have some pretty significant results to talk about.) Those are 1 meter contours.

Opportunity Hazcam shadow selfie, sol 4409

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Opportunity Hazcam shadow selfie, sol 4409

A shadow selfie using the front Hazcams, from the last drive yesterday.

Looking across Endeavour crater

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / ASU

Looking across Endeavour crater

The awesome view from the Navcams across the floor of Endeavour crater to the far rim, 22 km away.

See other posts from July 2016


Or read more blog entries about: Opportunity, mission status, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars


Roshaan: 07/28/2016 08:52 CDT

Hi, Larry! Is Opportunity headed to the crater floor or will it head over to the Iazu crater? Any news on this? Also, can we expect to see new panorama images released from MER team at their website? The website has been quite stale lately.

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