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Rover Field Reports from Mars

Status Reports for Perseverance rover at Jezero Crater Mars

 

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L. Crumpler, Perseverance Science Team & New Mexico Museum of Natural History & Science

The Perseverance rover Science Team will be working remotely during the early mission. Below is a brief field report summary of its latest activity.

As the Perseverance interplanetary cruise stage approaches Mars, the planet appears to grow in size, were you able to see it from the spacecraft. Over previous months Mars was just a dot in the sky from the perspective of the cruise stage. But in the past few weeks Mars has "grown" in size at an alarming rate. As of today, February 15, 2021, just three days from landing on Mars, the planet appears as big as the full Moon does from Earth.


 


Archived Reports


- Opportunity is near summit of this part of Endeavour crater rim

- the rock types that we have searched for may be in local outcrops

- winter power is looking good

• the climb continues along the crest of the crater rim

• Opportunity is now very high and the view is starting to be spectacular

• possible important outcrops spotted ahead

 

On sol3451 Opportunity began its climb of Solander Point. This is the highest “mountain” that Opportunity has tried to climb yet. The nice thing about this climb is the fact that it is all on a slope that faces north. Opportunity is solar powered, so north tilts are better for power generation during the winter here just south of the equator.

• Opportunity "wades ashore" at Solander Point on September 13

• climbing Solander Point is imminent

• spectacular Navcam panorama of the major geologic contact at this location

 

• Opportunity is at the base of Solander Point

• a boulder field here appears to be mostly vesicular basalt, a rock type that is not local

• shortly Opportunity will drive northwest along the scarp at the base of Solander Point

 

Opportunity arrived at the base of the next segment of the Endeavour crater rim and is now investigating the contact.

• less than 100m to go before “land fall” on Solander Point

• the next drive will put Opportunity at the “shore”

• a “new world” is about to be explored; what strange rocks and structures will we encounter?

 

• About to finish last observations in the plains before arrival at the next mountain

• There is a short stop here to measure one last rock in the plains

• Launch occurred over 10 years ago!

 

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