SpaceRef

SpaceRef


NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: May 30 - June 6, 2013

Status Report From: Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Posted: Monday, June 10, 2013

OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Continuing Drive to 'Solander Point' - sols 3324-3330, May. 30, 2013-Jun. 06, 2013:

Opportunity is continuing her push to reach 'Solander Point,' now reaching the site called 'Nobbys Head' along the way.

Stereo imagery of Nobbys Head will be collected to assess north-facing slopes there as a possible bailout site for winter, if Solander Point can't be reached. Opportunity drove on Sols 3324, 3325, 3328 and 3330 (May 30, June 1, June 4 and June 6, 2013), totaling over 0.19 miles (310 meters) in a continuing southerly direction.

With sufficient power the rover was able to support an AM Ultra High Frequency relay pass on Sol 3327 (June 3, 2013). The plan ahead is to drive more as the rover moves closer towards Solander Point still some 0.93 miles (1.5 kilometers) away.

As of Sol 3329 (June 5, 2013), the solar array energy production was 535 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.806 and a solar array dust factor of 0.663.

Total odometry is 22.75 miles (36.61 kilometers).

// end //

More status reports and news releases or top stories.

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.

SpaceRef Newsletter