Ridge running…

Reminder: click on images to enlarge them! πŸ™‚

Oppy is now making her way northwards up Cape York, effectively following a ridge that runs up the centre of the northern part of the rocky “island” on the edge of Endeavour Crater. Below is the route I think she’s taking… sort of…

Here’s the view Oppy is enjoying at the moment… on this next 3D view you can see from the way the ground drops away on her right there that she’s up on the ridge, and looking down on Endeavour Crater’s interior, with a fantastic view of the hills on that faraway eastern side of the great crater…

That’s a gorgeous view, and I think it’s worth zooming in on a part of it just to see the hills over on t’other side…

Here’s a non-3D view for all of you who haven’t been able to find a pair of glasses yet… πŸ˜‰

I always find it fun to vertically stretch these views. (Confession time: we image processors always say it’s to “Bring out subtle details the original images don’t show” but let’s be honest, we do it because it makes the hills look like craggy mountains and just looks really cool…! πŸ™‚ )

So, that’s where Oppy is now. Over the weekend some images came back that were taken a few sols ago, of some of the rocky features Oppy passed before she started along this ridge. So, time to catch up – and I’m pretty sure Oppy will come back to take a closer look at at least some of these places when she’s gotten through the winter, and has more time, and power, to get back to some serious science.

This is a rocky slab called “Fairview”…

Here’s “Havelock”…

…and “Hooggenoeg”…

…and “Tjakastad”…

Finally for this post, here’s a close-up of the surface, showing chips of dark rock lying on and scattered across the dusty ground…

More soon!

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