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Opportunity Past 21 Miles of Driving! Will Spend Winter at Cape York
by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 24, 2011

On Mars and on Earth Cape York is a fine place to spend the winter months...

The project has made the decision that Opportunity will winter over on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour crater where northern tilts are favorable for energy production.

On Sol 2746 (Oct. 15, 2011), Opportunity drove 167 feet (51 meters) to the north/northeast. On Sol 2749 (Oct. 18, 2011), the rover drove another 167 feet (51 meters) to the northeast.

The plan ahead is to continue to drive toward the north end of Cape York and to capture any opportunistic in-situ (contact) science alone the way.

Light-toned veins in the rock outcrop, possibly fracture fill, have been seen around Cape York.

If Opportunity encounters one of these veins along the way, a brief robotic-arm science campaign may be conducted.

As of Sol 2750 (Oct. 19, 2011), solar array energy production was 312 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.764 and a solar array dust factor of 0.491.

Total odometry is 21.08 miles (33,931.24 meters, or 33.93 kilometers).

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