Monthly Archives: December 2010

Arrival at Santa Maria

We all have moments of revelation in our lives, moments that imprint themselves upon us and take root in the back of our minds, never to be dislodged for as long as we live. We all make ‘discoveries’ that countless … Continue reading

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Only 200m to go…

Oppy is now just 200m away from the rim of Santa Maria, and she has sent back some fantastic pictures of the 100m-wide crater’s upturned rim and the boulders and blocks of rock strewn around it… Here’s the ‘wide angle’ … Continue reading

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Full steam a(Header) to Santa Maria

The sharper-eyed amongst you will have spotted a new pic at the top of this blog (you didn’t? Go ahead, flick your eyes to the top of the page and look. It’s okay, we’ll wait for you, go ahead… There … Continue reading

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Boulders and blocks and rocks, oh my..!

Oppy is now barely 200m away from Santa Maria crater, and the latest images sent back by the rover show a LOT of detail, and confirm what the orbital images taken by MRO’s HiRISE camera suggested – that Santa Maria is surrounded … Continue reading

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Almost there…

Oppy is now just a couple of drives away from Santa Maria, and by this time next week she’ll be driving around the crater’s rim, taking photos for all she’s worth and showing all of us some fascinating and striking … Continue reading

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Approaching Base Camp…

Oppy is now less than 600m away from Santa Maria, the fascinating-looking impact crater which will be her “base camp” for her final assault on the distant rim of the mighty crater, Endeavour. Santa Maria is now “opening up” for … Continue reading

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Closer and closer…

New images of Santa Maria have come back, and it’s really starting to look interesting now… Every day now we’ll see a little bit more of the crater… 🙂

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A more ‘local’ view of Santa Maria

MANY thanks to my good mate and fellow UMSF member Dan Brennan for making this early Christmas present for me, showing Santa Maria compared to my beloved Kendal Castle, the site of so many of my most enjoyable astronomical evenings … Continue reading

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Santa Maria vs Endurance…

If you’re a long-term follower of the MER mission you’ve probably been thinking “Hmmm… that looks familiar..!” when you’ve been looking at the HiRISE images of Santa Maria I’ve posted on these pages. That’s because Santa Maria is very similar … Continue reading

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Now that’s more LIKE it…

Finally, FINALLY, Santa Maria is starting to actually look like a crater instead of a line of… something…! 🙂 Here’s the latest pic we have of the crater, now less than 1km ahead: That’s better, isn’t it? 🙂 And if … Continue reading

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