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Opportunity – Interplanetary Record Breaker!

This is a post I never dared dream I would get to write, to be honest, but as I write it I can’t stop smiling. When I set up this blog, all those years ago, I was well aware that … Continue reading

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Thirty eight years ago today, NASA’s Viking 1 lander set down on the plains of Mars, and forever changed our view of the Red Planet. For the first time we knew what its surface looked like – dust dunes scattered … Continue reading

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A beautiful place…

Every now and again some images come down to Earth from Oppy which leave me literally shaking my head in wonder. They might be of a sweeping martian vista, a blazing sunset, or a set of tracks leading back to … Continue reading

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Opportunity – Eleven Years a Heroine…

Eleven years ago, a Delta II rocket blasted off from a Cape Canaveral launch pad, thundering into the night sky, carrying in its nosecone a very precious cargo – a small robotic rover, destined for Mars. Like many people I … Continue reading

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Onwards to Smectite Valley…

Since the last update, Oppy has been making slow but sure progress up the ancient, weathered spine of the range of hills which forms the western rim of the mighty Endeavour crater. Oppy continues to enjoy having lovely amounts of … Continue reading

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Pillinger Point in all its glory…

If you’re a regular reader of this blog (and if you are, thank you!) you’ll be aware that for a while now Opportunity has been trundling happily around a rocky outcrop, christened “Pillinger Point” in honour of the British planetary … Continue reading

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“Pillinger Point” in the spotlight

Opportunity is really taking a good long look at the rocks of, and around, “Pillinger Point”, the Stegosaur back-like rocky ridge she has driven up to way up on Solander Point. And no wonder. The features and structures here must … Continue reading

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Opportunity pauses at Pillinger Point

Opportunity is sending back some stunning images at the moment, as she drinks in the view high up on the slopes of Solander Point above Endeavour Crater. Here’s the latest mosaic I’ve put together, showing roughly the view north, back … Continue reading

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Alert! Gorgeous geology up ahead!

Since the last post Oppy has been quietly working her way towards the rocky ridge she spotted on the horizon a couple of weeks ago, and now she is *this* close to it. And it looks like the ancient, wind-carved … Continue reading

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Oppy rolling on…

Opportunity continues to explore the slopes of Solander Point, en-route to Cape Tribulation. She has been taking a look at a small impact crater, surrounded by a beautiful network of rippled dust dunes. Here’s the latest view…

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