[meteorite-list] Mars Rover Opportunity Update: January 26 - February 2, 2016

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Fri, 5 Feb 2016 12:53:23 -0800 (PST)
Message-ID: <201602052053.u15KrNSB025039_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Climbing Steeper Slopes to Reach Science Targets
 - sols 4269-4275, January 26, 2016-February 02, 2016:

Opportunity is exploring 'Marathon Valley' on the rim of Endeavour crater.
The rover is climbing up steep slopes to reach high-value science targets
up on 'Knudsen Ridge.'

Opportunity performed the first of two steep climbs on Sol 4269 (Jan.
26, 2016), with just less than 16 feet (5 meters) for progress on slopes
nearing 30 degrees. On the next sol, the rover ascended further up slope
about 14 feet (4.4 meters) reaching tilts just under 30 degrees. For the
next fives sols Opportunity conducted extensive Navigation Camera (Navcam)
and Panoramic Camera (Pancam) imaging surveys of the potential rock targets
and ridge outcrop in front of the rover in preparation for extensive in-situ
(contact) science campaigns on the geologic units high up on this ridge

As of Sol 4275 (Feb. 2, 2016), the solar array energy production was 498
watt-hours with an atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.459 and a solar array
dust factor of 0.683.

Total odometry is 26.51 miles (42.66 kilometers), more than a marathon.
Received on Fri 05 Feb 2016 03:53:23 PM PST

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