Monthly Archives: August 2010

Stack ‘em up…

Oppy isn’t doing much at the moment – she’s doing some “hard science” at Cambridge Bay, studying the exposed rock there with the suite of instruments on the end of her robot arm – and there are very few new … Continue reading

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Naming THAT crater…

Look at it – just look at it, sitting there all big and round and… cratery… Why hasn’t THAT crater on the farside of Endeavour got a name yet? I’m sure they’re thinking about it… but┬ámy suggestion would be: “Monkhouse … Continue reading

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More features becoming visible on the far rim..?

Well, to be honest, I’m not sure, but I think there might be… Mars image processor extraordinaire Damien deBouic posted a new colourised panorama over on the unmannedspaceflight.com forum earlier today, and it’s an absolute beauty, showing some great detail … Continue reading

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The craters OF Endeavour…

One of the things I’m looking forward to most as Oppy drives across Meridiain is an improving view of the far side of the mighty crater. Why? Because images taken from orbit, by the HiRISE camera, show that the steeply … Continue reading

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Look, and learn…

Oppy is now parked up at Cambridge Bay, and could be here a few days while she enjoys a well-earmed rest and does some serious rock-grindy science. The rocks of Cambridge Bay certainly look appetising to a science-hungry rover. Here’s … Continue reading

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Oppy takes a breather…

After driving quite hard for the past week or so, Oppy is having a bit of a rest at an area of bedrock called “Cambridge Bay”. In the past 3 days alone she’s covered 126m – the last drive being … Continue reading

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No close-up for Nowitna…

Well, it looks like Oppy has just steamed rght past that “interesting feature” I posted about previously… it’s that dark streak just below the horizon there… …so the mission scientists must have decided it wasn’t interesting at all. Probably just … Continue reading

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Through The Gap…

… and onwards towards Endeavour! Oppy has now sped through that bedrock gap (of course, it’s not really a “gap”, it just looks like a gap because the bedrock is light beneath the darker surface dust) and is scootling on … Continue reading

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Crossing the Line…

Oppy is about to enter a very interesting part of Meridiani Planum, I think. Up ahead: some big ripples, some crater remnants, lots of exposed bedrock and a decidedly strange feature… Here’s where Oppy was at the end of her … Continue reading

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Oppy takes a self portrait…

I LOVE it when Oppy photographs herself! It makes the whole adventure seem more, I don’t know, real somehow… The latest batch of images from Oppy included a couple of frames showing her own shadow being cast across the ancient … Continue reading

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