Taking a breather…

Opportunity is still hanging around at the entrance to Marathon Valley, like a shy kid nervous about walking into a party… but the view she’s enjoying is nothing short of spectacular… Click on the image below to enlarge it and see what I mean…

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Isn’t that something? Just look at all those gorgeous rocks and boulders scattered everywhere! Imagine wandering around that place… “Spirit of St Louis” crater… imagine stopping, reaching down to pick up a rock, hefting it in your gloved hand, holding it up to your helmet faceplate so you can see the lines and markings etched into its surface by aeons of martian wind…

Imagine that scene in colour…?

Imagine no longer…

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This must be one of the most impressive places Opportunity has been to in the whole of her time on Mars. Just look…

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You can almost taste the dust in the back of your throat, can’t you? You can almost feel the grit as you rub it between your fingers…

Yes, a wonderful place… but I can’t wait for Opportunity to head into that valley and see all those layers… 🙂

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2 Responses to Taking a breather…

  1. Tom says:

    Ohhh! That’s a pretty one. So alien, so….Mars! Wow.

  2. Jon says:

    What I like about these pictures is always how “normal” they look, but at the same time knowing they’re from another planet. The lack of alienness somehow makes it more… real?

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