A fascinating place…

Oppy – and by the way, yes, I will continue to call her “Oppy”, and if anyone doesn’t like that I suggest they go elsewhere – is right where we left her, standing at the top of Cape York, taking a good hard look at some of the rocks around her. Her attention has been caught (as was mine, and yours too, I’m sure) by the dark, roundish-looking rock that appears to sit on top of the outcrop at her wheels…

I must admit that there’s been a voice in my head whispering “You know, that looks like a meteorite…” whenever I’ve looked at that rock, especially when you see a colour image of it, which shows it’s quite a lot smoother and shinier than the rocks around it…

…but Oppy’s cameras never lie, and when combined into a 3D image they show that this rock is part OF the outcrop itself, or at least is embedded in it in some way…

That’s a strange-looking stone, isn’t it? Oppy has been taking a much closer look at it with her microscope…

 …and this is what she saw…

So… not a meteorite then… any geology experts/enthusiasts out there who might be able to shed some light on this off little thing?

Looking at the Bigger Picture, this is Oppy’s view looking north, to where Cape York slopes down to the Meridiani desert again. Look closely and you’ll see The Dagger again…

It stands out more if you do a bit of stretching…

Will Oppy ever drive down there, following that spine-like ridge right down to the northern edge of Cape York? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. For the immediate future I think she’ll stay just where she is, studying these rocks and helping join the geological dots of the history of this fascinating part of Mars.

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5 Responses to A fascinating place…

  1. Ted Lamoureux says:

    I cant understand why anyone would make an issue about you calling the rover “Oppy”. You put so much work into this site for the entertainment, education and benefit of folks all over the world
    Instead of complaining, the very least folks should be doing is saying thank you. And because those that complain won’t thank you, I will:

    THANK YOU for giving me something to look at and wonder about on a daily basis.
    THANK YOU for bringing a childlike wonder to one of the greatest explorations in the history of mankind.
    THANK YOU for your tireless devotion to this grand adventure to the benefit of us all.
    THANK YOU for all you do, write and say on this site.
    My life is that much richer because of YOUR efforts.

    Please keep posting and writing.

    All the very best to you and those you care about.

    • phoenixpics says:

      Wow… thank you for those *very* kind words, much appreciated. And nice to know that some of you out there “get” the way I feel about this incredible mission, and appreciate what I’m trying to do with this blog. You made my week! :-)

  2. Jon says:

    Indeed, just dropping in to echo everything Ted said ;) Sites like these are what science needs to evolve and encourage people to get into it. Got it in my RSS feed and scrutinize over every new pic/entry ;)

  3. Gary Robertson says:

    This site is an absolute pleasure to visit. The extended mission budget does not support the interests of enthusiasts in anything like real time, your work and enthusiasm fill a VOID with competent (and witty) ability. Much thanks for sharing the color photos, 3-D images and panoramas. Much appreciated!!!!

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