Monthly Archives: March 2011

Preparing to depart…

It must now be only a matter of days until Oppy leaves Santa Maria crater and heads off on what might be the most important leg of her epic trek across Mars – the 6km drive to Cape York, a … Continue reading

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…and then a step to the right…

It looks like Oppy took a little side-step shuffle during her latest drive, before taking another series of shots to allow us to make a new panorama… as ever, click on the image below to bring up a full size … Continue reading

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The colours of Meridiani…

As Oppy prepares to depart from Santa Maria crater – and the latest word is that she’ll be leaving late next week – I thought I’d share a couple of images I’ve made showing the colours of Meridiani, the huge … Continue reading

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MRO sees Oppy again…

On March 1st the always-astounding HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter (MRO) probe took another picture of Oppy from Mars orbit, which clearly shows the rover perched on the edge of Santa Maria crater. Here’s a link to the … Continue reading

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“Farewell Ruiz” as Oppy prepares to leave Santa Maria…

That 3D image above – taken by Oppy’s rear hazcams – shows thatĀ our trusty roverĀ has now driven away from the rock Ruiz Garcia, and has moved a little further around Santa Maria’s rim, heading in an anti-clockwise direction. Here’s another, … Continue reading

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Leaving soon..?

It surely can’t be long now until Oppy rounds up her science observations at Santa Maria crater and heads off for the faraway hills of Endeavour. She’s taken a boat-load of MI images of Ruiz Garcia, allowing the geology-hungry MER … Continue reading

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