- Press Release
- August 19, 2022
Mars Rover Opportunity to Stop and Study Rocks (with photos)
Opportunity is currently exploring one of the candidate sites for winter, on the north end of “Cape sols 2791-2797, November 30 – December 6, 2011: York” on the rim of Endeavour Crater.
On Sol 2792 (Dec. 1, 2011), the rover bumped backwards about 9 feet (2.7 meters) to better view a rock outcrop and to increase the rover tilt toward the Sun. The northerly tilt, favorable for energy production, increased from 6 degrees to 9 degrees.
On Sol 2795 (Dec. 4, 2011), Opportunity bumped further to approach some in-situ (contact) science targets on the rock outcrop, called “Saddleback.” The plan ahead is to perform some in-situ science on the rock outcrop with the instruments on the end of the robotic arm.
As of Sol 2797 (Dec. 6, 2011), solar array energy production was 305 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.755 and a solar array dust factor of 0.487.
Total odometry is 21.35 miles (34,360.76 meters, or 34.36 kilometers).