by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Apr 15, 2014
Opportunity is exploring 'Murray Ridge,' part of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. On Sol 3623 (April 3, 2014), the rover moved about 52 feet (16 meters) in a clockwise arc around some obstacles in an approach to a large rock outcrop.
Moving closer to the outcrop would be difficult, so it was decided to document the outcrop with imagery and then back away and resume the path south.
On Sol 3625 (April 5, 2014), Opportunity retraced some of her path with a 28 feet (8.6 meter) drive to the northwest, collecting documentary images of the rock target 'Hoonah,' and imaging her tracks for engineering evaluation purposes.
On Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the rover drove about 69 feet (21 meters) to the south in an approach to a local ridge top, a vantage point that offers a view with an entire sweep of Endeavour Crater.
Once there, the plan is to collect a spectacular color panorama of Endeavour.
As of Sol 3628 (April 8, 2014), the solar array energy production was 642 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.423 and a solar array dust factor of 0.843.
Total odometry is 24.18 miles (38.91 kilometers).
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