Edging around Santa Maria…

Time to check on exactly where Oppy has got to, as she starts to drive anticlockwise around Santa Maria…

You can see from that that Oppy is now quite near the small, as yet unnamed crater which lies very close to the southern edge of Santa Maria. Here’s a 3D view of it…

That crater isn’t too interesting, to be honest. It’s just kind of there. And because it’s so shallow it means the rocks exposed inside it aren’t as old as the rocks exposed within Santa Maria crater, so I can’t imagine Oppy will take too long a look at it. What the science team are relly interested in are the rocks on the other side of Santa Maria, in an area called “Yuma”. Those rocks, observations from orbit show, have been altered by water in their past and Yuma is quite the scientifc ‘hot spot’. Here’s a colourisation of “Yuma”…

… and here’s an enhanced version…

How big are those outcrops? Well, this next picture – which is a VERY rough guess in terms of scale – will give you an idea…

I think it’ll be another three, four days until Oppy reaches those rocks. But when she does she’ll be getting down to some serious science…

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One Response to Edging around Santa Maria…

  1. Astro0 says:

    I like it! This has been a fantastic journal of Oppy’s adventure.
    Proves you don’t have to be a Mars loon 😉 to write a good article about the Rovers.

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