Opportunity Surpasses 16 Miles of Driving - Sol 2444
Opportunity passed 26 kilometers (16 miles) of odometry as she approaches Santa Maria crater on her way to Endeavour crater. Santa Maria is an approximately 80-meter (262-foot) diameter crater that Opportunity will investigate before proceeding toward Endeavour.
The two inset images were taken on sol 2443. The top one was taken by the panoramic camera and shows part of the rim of Santa Maria crater (Larger view). The bottom inset was taken by the navigation camera (Larger view).
Opportunity drove several times in the last week with drives on Sols 2438 (Dec. 2, 2010), 2441 (Dec. 5, 2010), 2442 (Dec. 6, 2010), 2443 (Dec. 7, 2010) and 2444 (Dec. 8, 2010), totaling over 560 meters (1837 feet). Recently, a morning Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) relay pass was added to the sequence plan for the rover. This will off-load even more data from the rover, permitting more frequent drives, as driving generates many data products.
As of Sol 2444 (Dec. 8, 2010), solar array energy production was 617 watt-hours with a slightly elevated atmospheric opacity (Tau) of 0.736 and a solar array dust factor of 0.660.
Total odometry is 26,120.98 meters (26.12 kilometers, or 16.23 miles).
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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