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Larry CrumplerSeptember 22, 2017

Field Report from Mars: Sol 4857

Opportunity is continuing its drive down Perseverance Valley, a possible channel that was cut in the inner wall of the 22 km-diameter Endeavour impact crater in ancient Mars (Noachian) time. This is the second stop of a series of stops as Opportunity drives down the valley. The goal is to collect field data that will help assess the origin of the valley. While the valley looks like a water-cut valley, we cannot be sure whether other processes like wind or drive flow have cut the valley. But that is why we are taking our time and collecting data as we drive.

Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 1

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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 1
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 2
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 3
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 4
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 5
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 6
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 32
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Opportunity status as of sol 4857, slide 33

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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