Down to work…

The latest images taken by the rover’s forward facing Hazcams sow that Oppy has now rolled close enough to “Tisdale” to allow her to begin studying the big rock with the suite of instruments mounted on the end of her robot arm…

Here’s a rather nice (I think!) 3D view I’ve made, with the fisheye lens distortion reduced…

…though I think this view, showing the shadow of the arm,  is rather better…

I think we’ll be here for a while, there are just so many interesting features on this big slab of rock. For example, over on the left there, a whole chunk of it seems to have just fallen away…

You can see that really clearly, too, in this black and white “portrait” I’ve made of Tisdale…

Surely it won’t be long before images start being taken by Oppy’s microscope camera, then we should see the surface of this intriguing slab of rock in impressive detail. Looking forward to that! 🙂

Finally for this post, another 3D image of Oppy’s current view of Tisdale…

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3 Responses to Down to work…

  1. Matt Lenda says:

    mmmmmmm. Tasty.

    Whatever spot on Tisdale 2 is directly in front of the rover is what we’re left with IDD’ing, given the constraint of the shoulder joint.

    Unless they feel another sol of a very tiny turn drive is worth getting a different spot. We’ve had our eye on a couple spots for about a week now.


  2. vanDivX says:

    Countless eons of time this slab was just lying here, it was laying here long before man climbed down from trees, and no shadow ever crossed it except regular changing day and nights until now when this EM machine (Extra Martian) edged slowly towards it to examine it…

    I wouldn’t call it a rock, it is rocks glued together with melt crust on top holding it together against martian elements. How did it come to be here? All these scientists don’t know any better than anybody else. When we took pictures of Mars from Earth, it was always said we need to see closer to tell, then we got more close up pictures from Mars orbiting satelites and it was again the same story to queries what is it that we are seeing…. and that story doesn’t change even when we see things like if we stood there on surface, we need to take microscopic pictures but even then we still won’t know, ho hum… we end up with scientists telling us we would know what it is if we got piece of the material in our labs to put our paws on it… but we know how it always ends up, in inconclusive muttering, like what we always get when meteors are examined, like we got to know so much about the Moon from the material brought from there… ho hum.
    Sorry for skepticism but it always strikes me when I step back and do some thinking about these explorations.

    • Ildiko Ross says:


      Quote “thinking about these explorations”: your cynical comments do not require any real insight at all, they are just indicative of your fatuous opinion. So you don’t like science and space exploration? Surf to a celebrity site where you would feel more at home.

      Repeat, NO room for mediocrity (i.e. your skepticism) here.

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