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post Dec 16 2010, 09:38 PM
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That fhaz view is absolutely stunning. It looks like she could be on the brink of the Grand Canyon.

Definitely brings back memories of Endurance, but a lot messier.
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post Dec 16 2010, 09:44 PM
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A quick attempt at matching features. My normally vertical lines aren't quite this time, largely because the ground position I took for Oppy as a basis for the reprojection of the HiRISE was a complete guess. In hindsight I think I guessed a little too close to the edge.
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post Dec 16 2010, 10:28 PM
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Looks like there are some "fractures":
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post Dec 16 2010, 10:39 PM
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Looks far too steep to take the rover in.


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post Dec 16 2010, 10:41 PM
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Those ID's look good, James. Following your lines you can see what the potential easy-access study area looks like, that I circled on this image (attachment has mysteriously disappeared from my original post, so here it is again):
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It's heavily foreshortened from our current viewpoint, but I could imagine Oppy driving in there.
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post Dec 16 2010, 10:46 PM
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It's like a whole new mission! This time, I say, don't go in!!

Re: fracture marks - From Mars quakes? How recently could that have happened?
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post Dec 16 2010, 10:52 PM
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AMAZING crater ! I didn't had the time to post here, but when I can, I do.

Approaching Santa Maria



Closer…


More closer, Sol 2451

And at the opposite side :


After many sols of flat ground, it's a pleasure to see some "hills" and "caves".


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post Dec 16 2010, 10:52 PM
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Really nice shout-out for UMSF from Jim Bell on Twitter...

Jim_Bell Rock and Roll Opportunity! Spectacular view of Santa Maria crater this morning. Thanks all at unmannedspaceflight.com: http://bit.ly/gCuiJD

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post Dec 16 2010, 11:11 PM
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Here's an animation of the approach on YouTube. Available in 720p.
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post Dec 16 2010, 11:14 PM
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And Oppy did it again...what a D-A-Y! biggrin.gif
Play the (not so quite) EPIC!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fn1PASIZCK0

Juan de la Cosa?...Hmm... smile.gif
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post Dec 16 2010, 11:17 PM
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Today is Christmas time ... can't wait any longer .

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post Dec 16 2010, 11:48 PM
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just ... WOW ! smile.gif
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post Dec 17 2010, 01:00 AM
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It's really hard (for me at least ) to get a sense of scale on the brink of the rim here - could anyone please add a stick man for reference?
Much appreciated.

Jase
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post Dec 17 2010, 01:01 AM
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What a beauty! This is far more picturesque than I had anticipated!

In other news Leg B is finished! laugh.gif
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post Dec 17 2010, 01:25 AM
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Gosh those were the days, before Endeavor was named; 'Big Crater' indeed! wink.gif
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