by Staff Writers
Pasadena CA (JPL) Dec 07, 2016
Opportunity is heading towards the next science waypoint on the rim of Endeavour Crater.
Early in this period, Sols 4556 and 4559 (Nov. 16, 2016 and Nov. 19, 2016) she did quite a bit of exploratory driving in an effort to attain a good vantage point for finding a path through a troubling area of boulder patch and steep slopes ahead.
The concern was whether the available routes to avoid the boulders were all too steep to traverse, in which case we would have to forgo the current 'Extended Mission 10' (EM10) route and backtrack to find a different route to our main objective, the 'gully.'
Fortunately, the imaging following the drive on Sol 4559 (Nov.19, 2016) did indeed show a route forward and so with the Sol 4566 (Nov. 27, 2016) drive we proceeded 56 feet (17 meters) along the EM10 route.
This was followed by an additional 82 feet (25 meters) on Sol 4568 (Nov. 29, 2016).
As of Sol 4568 (Nov. 29, 2016), the solar array energy production is 465 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.902 and a solar array dust factor of 0.690.
Total odometry is 27.05 miles (43.52 kilometers).
Mars News and Information at MarsDaily.com
Lunar Dreams and more
|The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2017 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement|