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Larry CrumplerJanuary 22, 2015

Field Report from Mars: Sol 3902 - January 15, 2015

Opportunity just finished up the super crater overview panorama, pulled away from the summit (here at -1380 m) and we are on our way to Marathon Valley! It's all downhill (about 70 m down in elevation) from here.

Opportunity's recent drives up to sol 3902

NASA / JPL-Caltech / U. Arizona / NMMNH / Larry Crumpler

Opportunity's recent drives up to sol 3902

Above is a map showing the drive and 1 m contours. Note the small impact crater a few meters to the SW, visible in the Navcam mosaic posted below.

Opportunity Navcam mosaic, sol 3902 end-of-drive

NASA / JPL-Caltech

Opportunity Navcam mosaic, sol 3902 end-of-drive

The impact crater is visible on the right in the Navcam mosaic above, taken at the end of the drive on sol 3902. Above 40 m out the terrain rolls over so that the rest of the slope downhill is out of view. But in the distance at about -4.5/165 you can make out the north slope of Marathon Valley where we are headed. We are a little under 500 m from the valley now.

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

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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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