Monthly Archives: May 2012

Gypsum, gypsum everywhere…

Big changes – and big news – since you last stopped by this blog: positively dashing down towards the flatter ground, like an ocean-crazed┬ákid running down a grassy slope towards the beach, Oppy has driven 50 metres (yes, fifty!) further … Continue reading

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Heading north…

…from the “North Pole”..???? No, I don’t know why the MER team christened that area of wind-blown dust dunes “North Pole” when there was a lot more of Cape York to explore even further north, but I’m sure they had … Continue reading

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A sense of scale…

There’s now a steady flow of gorgeous images coming back from Mars for us to enjoy, thanks to Opportunity, the fantastic team behind her, and even more people who work hard to get those pictures online quickly, for us to … Continue reading

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Just catching up..

Things are rather quiet for Oppy at the moment. She’s just chilling out at those North Pole dunes, taking a close look at the dust around her, and scanning the terrain to the north. Looking at this panorama stitched together … Continue reading

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Hiking Endeavour

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll know that a constant theme of mine is how important, and popular, this region of Mars will be in years to come, specifically once Mars is settled/colonised/whatever you want to call … Continue reading

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From Mars to Earth…

Every now and again something happens that makes you stop and think “My, how things have changed…” I remember (cue Hovis music) when I was young, a “space mad kid”, hoovering up every bit of news about the space shuttle, … Continue reading

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“Road to Endeavour” now a Planetary Society ‘guest blog’

Not a lot happening with Oppy the past couple of days – maybe some more pictures later today – but some exciting news about this blog, which I want to share with you… I’m delighted and proud to be able … Continue reading

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Oppy heading downhill…

Greeley Haven is far behind Opportunity now, as you can see from this 3D image… Opportunity has, I think, stopped next to that big bright patch of dust highlighted in previous posts, and she’ll probably spend a couple of days … Continue reading

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Opportunity is a ROVER again…!

After driving off Greeley Haven – where she stood patiently for 19 long weeks – Opportunity is now driving again. Not just turning, not just bumping, but driving. She’s driven away from Greeley Haven, heading a short distance downhill, towards … Continue reading

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Farewell, Greeley Haven…

BREAKING NEWS – Oppy has driven away from Greeley Haven! The latest images to come back from Opportunity show that yesterday she drove 3.6m away from Greeley Haven. That’s not much, I know, but it marks the end of the … Continue reading

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