Status Report

NASA Mars Rover Opportunity Update: Endeavour Crater 3 Miles Ahead

By SpaceRef Editor
May 23, 2011
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Status for sol 2595-2600

Opportunity continues the trek towards Endeavour crater, now less than 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) away. The rover drove on four of the last six sols.

On Sol 2595 (May 13, 2011), Opportunity headed southeast with a drive of over 91 meters (300 feet). On the next sol, the rover drove further southeast achieving over 140 meters (460 feet). On Sol 2599 (May 17, 2011), Opportunity headed first southeast then east totaling over 86 meters (282 feet) of distance. On the next sol, the rover drove over 112 meters (367 feet) with a dog-leg maneuver mid-drive so close-up imaging of a crater could be done. The plan ahead is more diving.

As of Sol 2600 (May 18, 2011), solar array energy production was 406 watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.806 and a solar array dust factor of 0.528.

Total odometry is 29,709.29 meters (29.71 kilometers, or 18.46 miles).

SpaceRef staff editor.