The last leg…

Sometime today, Oppy should complete the very last leg of her epic trek across the vast Meridiani Desert and pull up to Spirit Point, on the very southern tip of Cape York. After a journey of many miles, and many months, the martian rover will finally make on the shore of the rocky island she has been steering towards ever since leaving Victoria Crater, all that time ago. With the towering hills of the Tribulation Range behind her, the boulders and stones surrounding Odyssey Crater above her, and the vast floor of Endeavour stretching out to her right, she’ll roll up to Cape York and in doing so start an exciting new chapter in the Mars Exploration Rover program. Far behind her: Β the capes, bays and outcrops of Victoria; the layered rocks of Concepcion; the beautiful rippled floor of Santa Maria. Ahead of her: a new adventure, a scientific quest to find precious deposits of phylosilicates on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The moment Oppy bumps up against the barely-raised edge of Cape York, she will begin a whole new mission.

Fantastic!! πŸ™‚

Here’s her most recent position, as calculated by Eduardo Tesheiner from the UMSF forum…

…and here’s her view from there…

…and adding a little martian colour to that view gets you this…

See that light, wedge-shaped feature on the right? That’s it, that’s Spirit Point, the southern end of Cape York, the site chosen for Oppy’s historic landfall. The next set of pictures should show it in more detail, with those Odyssey rocks looming overhead… πŸ™‚

You get a good idea of the ruggedness of the ground here in Botany Bay from this 3D image…

I’m finding it hard to put into words how I feel now, to be honest. Oppy has come such a long way, has overcome so much, and now she’s within metres of her goal. I’m so proud of her, and of the team of amazing men and women behind her, who designed, built and now operate her I can’t stop smiling. πŸ™‚

There’s a voice in my head telling me that I should end this blog now – seeing as we’ve reached the end of the road to Endeavour – and start another one, dealing with just the exploration of the crater. But another voice is telling me to just keep going, and keep everything in one place. Hmmm. What do you think?

Check back soon for more images, and another update.

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6 Responses to The last leg…

  1. Paul says:

    Keep everything in one place.
    Greetz from Holland,

  2. one place please, hate to lose track of such a wonderfully informative website. Thanks for all the posts and the great pictures.

  3. Just go with your gut feeling… matter what you decide us blog readers are following your every word….. πŸ™‚

  4. TM says:

    Plz Plz, keep everything as is :). I love this blog just the way it is. you could just regard “The road to Endeavour” as your “motto” or “slogan” ^^ from now on.

  5. ed says:

    i agree with paul

  6. GJeff says:

    You can do either and I’ll adapt to it, but if you create a new one, keep the URL with all the posts accessible and a redirect to the new blog.

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