Monthly Archives: May 2011

Closer, ever closer…

Another sol, another drive for Oppy, another little bit closer to her goal – Cape York, on the rim of Endeavour Crater. There hasn’t been much new to see over the past few days, just a crater up ahead getting … Continue reading

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Climbing The Cape…

Sometime today Oppy will pass a major milestone on her epic trek to Endeavour crater. Sometime today she will roll over a small, unmarked and unremarkable dust dune on the surface of Mars that will mark the 29km point in her … Continue reading

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An interview with Ray Arvidson

If you’re a faithful follower of the MER mission – and planetary exploration in general – you’ll have seen the title of this post, recognised the name, and smiled, thinking to yourself “Great!” If you’re not…and didn’t… then this latest post … Continue reading

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Onwards, Oppy, onwards…

Oppy has now left the Mercury Cluster far behind, and is continuing on her trek towards Endeavour crater. The ground ahead of her is great for driving on, and on the far horizon, the hills of the great, ancient crater … Continue reading

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Zig-zagging through the Mercury Cluster…

Well, the image pipeline that runs between Earth and Mars, which has been thoroughly bunged up for the past four or five days appears to have been cleared, and we’re shoulder-deep in pictures again – and “Tesh” has used those pictures … Continue reading

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Mooching around the Mercury Cluster…

The full size raw images aren’t online yet, but the “stamp” thumbnail images sent back by Oppy show that she has reached the small cluster of craters named after the Mercury capsules which flew back at the dawn of the … Continue reading

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Special birthday thanks…

I hope no-one will mind (and if they do, well, you know, it is my blog, so tough! 🙂 ) but I’m going to take a moment here to go “off topic” and send someone wishes for a very Happy … Continue reading

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A clearer route to Cape York…

In my previous post I mentioned that the latest “Rover Update”, written by journalist AJS Rayl, has been posted on the Planetary Society’s blog. One of the highlights of this update was this clarification of the rover team’s plan for … Continue reading

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Honouring the past…

Every month journalist AJS Rayl writes a major update on the MER mission for The Planetary Society’s blog. It has a deserved reputation as being one of the, if not The, definitive “travelog” accounts of the epic mission, and each … Continue reading

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