Martian Landscape

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A Navcam view of the Martian landscape. Click for the larger version. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

 

A picture of the Martian landscape but not from Curiosity. This is the the Navcam view from Opportunity.

Yes, Opportunity is still doing science on Mars after 3,749 Martian days when this image was taken (10 August 2014).

There has been an increasing number of computer resets on Opportunity and the rover team is making plans to reformat the flash memory. The reformat will clear the memory and identify bad cells and with any luck will remedy the computer-reset issue. The reformat is described as a “low-risk” since critical sequences and flight software is stored on other memory.

From the Opportunity site:

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured this scene looking farther southward just after completing a southward drive, in reverse, during the 3,749th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s work on Mars (Aug. 10, 2014).

The foreground of this view from the rover’s mast-mounted navigation camera (Navcam) includes the top of the rover’s low-gain antenna, at lower right, and the rear portion of the rover’s deck, with the sundial of a camera calibration target. For scale, the largest of the sundial’s concentric rings has an outer diameter of 3.15 inches (8 centimeters).

The ground beyond the rover includes some windblown lines of sand. At the horizon is part of the crest line of the west ridge of Endeavour Crater. The Sol 3749 drive covered 338 feet (103 meters) along the outer slope of the crater rim. A map of the area with the Sol 3749 endpoint marked is available online at http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/mission/tm-opportunity/opportunity-sol3751.html.

JPL manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington. For more information about Spirit and Opportunity, visit http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov.

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