The answer to that is “about 11km”, but that’s hard to visualise on the images of Meridiani taken from orbit by the various orbiters which have photographed this part of Mars. Thankfully, “walfy“, another of the members of the unmannedspaceflight.com forum has created some pictures that show brilliantly, at a scale we can understand, how much remains of Oppy’s historic trek to Endeavour. Click on the following two images and all will be revealed…
Genius!! I’m going to see if I can do one of those showing Oppy’s remaining travel distance compared to the size of Kendal, where I live… 🙂
Oh… I wish I hadn’t done that, now it’s hit home just how very, very far away Oppy is from Landfall Island (that’s the name I’m going to use now, at least until I hear an official name from the MER team)… Oppy is currently 11km(ish) away from the rim of Endeavour crater, which doesn’t sound THAT far, until you actually see it on a map, at a scale you can grasp…
Good grief… Oppy has to drive to Milnthorpe!!! 😦 😦 😦
That’s really a bit depressing. That’s a long, long way… 😦
But you know what? I’m still sure she’ll make it! 🙂
…although, there appear to be some technical problems with Oppy: it seems that a motor in her camera mast is playing up, and she really, really doesn’t need that. We’ll have to wait and see what the latest news is on this.