Cape’s End in sight…

Oppy has now left Homestake far, far behind, and is making her way north at a respectable speed, looking for a place to spend the winter. The latest pics show she has moved to within sight of the farthest northerly point of Cape York. She can’t quite see the dramatic v-shaped cleft cut out of the Cape, the feature which has had all of us rover fans fascinated since it was first spottedall those years ago, but our first view of it can’t be that far ahead now…

Here’s where Oppy is as you read this:

… and here’s what she can see…

That’s a really interesting image, because it shows us, for the first time, the curved northern ‘shore’ of Cape York. It stands out a lot more clearly if the image is stretched vertically…

What are we looking at there? Let me show you…

The ridge to Oppy’s right is very interesting, especially when you look at it in 3D…

More soon, check back again when you can! 🙂

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1 Response to Cape’s End in sight…

  1. vanDivX says:

    “v-shaped cleft” – It looks like this feature sits in the middle of the wider section where the apron slid down into Endeavour crater (or soil slide obscured the apron). Up to that place where Oppy is approaching and where you made a circle mark – the apron is distinct but from there and well past the v-shaped cleft the apron seems to be obscured by a land slide on the slope of Endeavour crater which perhaps is steeper there. The v-shaped cleft itself seems to be local slide that actually carved deep into the apron.

    I am sort of fascinated by the apron itself as such. As Oppy approached Cape I waited to see what the apron would look like from up close. From up above it looks like a ‘melt off’ skirt but from ground it is actually rocky transition between Cape York and surrounding landscape. I am not following the discussion elsewhere too much and don’t know if some geologist already explained how such apron comes to be but I’d dearly love to hear such explanation. Same for how such a features like these hills surrounding this big crater come to be. Are they pushed up as the crater gets ‘excavated’? Are they formed by the fall off from the hit that made the crater and there were hills all around the perimeter but some got leveled and some did not (like this Cape York) as eons of times went past? Certainly it doesn’t look like they were there prior to crater formation because the land – at least from the side where we approached – is flat desert.

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