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Rover Field Reports from Mars

Status Reports for MER Opportunity Rover at Endeavour Crater, Meridiani Planum

 

L. Crumpler, MER Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is still exploring Mars. Below is a brief field report summary of its latest activity.

 


Latest Report


Publish Date: 
Friday, February 10, 2017 - 11:00am

Friday, February 10, 201

Sol 4639 - Approaching the Crater Rim!

 

Opportunity has successfully clawed its way to within a few meters of the crater rim after spending the last few months climbing and the last two years inside the crater. There will be a short stop just inside the rim for one more look and then if all goes wel a drive out onto the world of horizontality . THis will commence the adventure oif driving south over the next few months to the mission goal of a water-cut in the crater rim.

This is the 14th year of surface operations on Mars. Odometry is currently at 27 miles (over 44 km).

1. Opportunity as of this sol. Finishing up and IDD actiivity on the local crater wall bedrock. The long slope down into the crater is now behind, the local slopes are less steep, and  the rim lies ahead.

2. The drive along the rim. Notice that the last part of the drive has been eastward and down into the crater.

3.  This shows 1 meter contours. The crater rim is only about 40 meters away. The drive we are planning today should take Opportunity to just below the rim.


 


Archived Reports


Opportunity at Endeavour crater: Not a boring flat terrain, but heroically rugged terrain.

Beginning to Climb up the Crater Wall

Sol 4535 - Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lower Inner Wall of Endeavour Crater


Opportunity has arrived at "Lewis and Clark Gap" with a new view to the south. It is about to leave Marathon Valley for good and head south into the next valley.  This marks the beginning of the current extended mission plan. At the end of the drive on sol 4482 Opportunity parked in a saddle between Knudsen and Wharton Ridges here on the west rim of Endeavour crater. Terrain is steep and there are places that we will continue to avoid in order to preserve drive options. It is easy to go down, but can be impossible to go back up slope if you are not careful.

Sol 4410 - Mon, June 20, 2016

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.

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

Sol 4365 - Thursday, May 5, 2016

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