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Solander Point, Sol 3387 - 3511 (August 4, 2013 - December 12, 2013)
mhoward
post Aug 4 2013, 08:39 PM
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Opportunity is very close to Solander Point, so let's start the new thread. Here's a view just to get things rolling. There will no doubt be more and better images soon.
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post Aug 4 2013, 10:48 PM
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I am moved to MEME this smile.gif

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post Aug 4 2013, 11:05 PM
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Turning that approach view on its head:

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Phil Stooke
post Aug 5 2013, 12:07 AM
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And this is the location I get from that view.

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post Aug 5 2013, 09:49 PM
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http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...E2P2415L7M2.JPG

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...00P2418R2M1.JPG

http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...TLP2417L2M3.JPG

I have a sudden itch to put on my sturdy hiking boots!


It's amazing how abrupt the contact between the blocky material of the hillside and the sulphate-sandstone plains is. Hardly any hillside rocks have been scattered out onto the plains. How many billions of years has this scene been sitting undisturbed, waiting for us...? <drifts off into planetary reverie>
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Phil Stooke
post Aug 6 2013, 12:28 AM
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http://qt.exploratorium.edu/mars/opportuni...E2P2415L7M2.JPG

So that's where I left that box of old floppy disks...

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post Aug 6 2013, 12:26 PM
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The monthly report by Salley Rayl is available here: Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Opportunity Celebrates Milestones, Arrives at Solander Suburb

I just started reading it but would like to highlight this paragraph:
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Actually, based on newly revised power predictions and the position of the Sun, the rover doesn't have to be up on Solander Point and on a north-facing slope, where it can angle itself and its solar arrays to the winter Sun, until the beginning of December, Callas said. That means Opportunity has about four months to explore the surroundings at the bottom of this part of the eroded rim of Endeavour Crater - and there's a lot to see and do.
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post Aug 6 2013, 02:04 PM
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3389 position and perspective view of the two frame navcam pan.

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post Aug 8 2013, 12:15 AM
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A quick stitch from the micro camera, Sol 3390:

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post Aug 8 2013, 03:04 PM
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Some pictures available from sol 3391, telling that Opportunity backtracked a few meters from the previous site.

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And several features were imaged before driving, but they are still on the downlink queue:

03391::p2547::32::4::4::0::0::2::10::pancam_Mula_Mula_L257R2
03391::p2548::32::4::4::0::0::2::10::pancam_Tick_Bush_L257R2
03391::p2549::32::13::13::0::0::2::28::pancam_Red_Poker_L234567Rall
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post Aug 9 2013, 07:31 AM
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Red Poker is the target she has just been looking at (she backed up a bit before taking the image to get a better view).

Tick Bush is where she drove to, ~4.5m away


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post Aug 14 2013, 05:47 AM
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A new update! :-)

http://www.nmnaturalhistory.org/rover-fiel...-from-mars.html

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boulder field here appears to be mostly vesicular basalt

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shortly Opportunity will drive northwest along the scarp at the base of Solander Point
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post Aug 14 2013, 07:03 AM
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An earlier view of Solander Point with some sky added for effect smile.gif

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post Aug 15 2013, 09:19 PM
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Long-baseline stereo view of the east side of Solander and across to Tribulation, from sols 3381 and 3385:
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We're starting to get a good view of a prominent ridge on the north face of Tribulation.
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post Aug 15 2013, 11:55 PM
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This is Phobos partially eclipsing the sun, yes? The eclipse comes out much clearer in reverse where some light is getting refracted in Oppy's lens. From sol 3396:

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It looks to be around the right size according to this recent comparison image from NASA:

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If something else is going on, I'll eat my hat!
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