A ridge with a view…

Opportunity is now seeing some beautiful martian geology from her wind-swept* perch high up above Endeavour Crater, with rocks like these all around her…

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Let’s just recap quickly where she is…

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That shows the huge Endeavour Crater, with Oppy’s tour route to and past first Cape York and then Knobby’s Head, and her present position, all marked. Taking a closer look at where she is on that long range of hills now

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…and an even closer look…

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Let’s look a little closer still…

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That’s where she is! And it’s a great spot to stop and catch her breath. Far below her, the crater is a great stone bowl, ringed by mountains and hills. Behind her, her own tracks lead back down to the flat, dusty plains. Ahead, many more metres of rock- and boulder-strewn ground to cover on the way up to the top of Solander Point…

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…and after driving around a pretty flat, featureless area for quite a while, Oppy has now reached a much more interesting region, with fascinating-looking ridges on the horizon up ahead and a rocky outcrop close by, shown here in a black and white navcam image mosaic.

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Ever the explorer, Oppy drove right up to that ridge, and took some stunning pictures of it…

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Impressive! Ah, but when when you look at that same scene in colour, it really is beautiful… click to enlarge…

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Well, I think that’s beautiful, don’t you? At the moment the “other” Mars rover, Curiosity, is sending back some frankly jaw droppingly beautiful images from Gale Crater, but that image above – actually a mosaic of three different pancam views I’ve stitched together and colourised – is proof that Oppy can still take images to take your breath away, too…

Actually, it seems like Oppy has now driven away from that feature, and has taken up a position a short distance away from it…

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I love that picture… the low angle lighting casting long shadows behind everything, the tracks leading to and then back away from the rocky outcrop, Oppy’s own distinctive shadow cast on the ground by the low Sun… just beautiful… 🙂

…and speaking of low Sun’s, Oppy sent back this view a few sols ago, but I’m just getting around to posting it now, sorry…

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What next? Well, personally I’m eager to see Oppy continuing on up the slope, cos I think that when she gets a bit further up she’s going to have an absolutely epic view of the Cape Tribulation heights looming up ahead, and the vast bowl of Endeavour opened up in all its glory beneath and beside her…

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Check back soon to see what happens…

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  1. Pingback: Allgemeines Live-Blog ab dem 5. April 2014 | Skyweek Zwei Punkt Null

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