Opportunity Traverses Through 2,700 Martian Days
September 26, 2011
This map shows the 20.8-mile (33.5-kilometer) route driven by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity from the site of its landing, inside Eagle crater at the upper left, to its location more than 91 months later, on the Cape York section of the rim of Endeavour crater. The blue line covers traverses through the 2,700th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity's work on Mars (Aug. 29, 2011). The base image for the map is a mosaic of images taken by the Context Camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Endurance, Erebus, Victoria, and Santa Maria are craters examined by Opportunity. Block Island is an iron meteorite discovered during a traverse. The scale bar is 2 kilometers (1.24 miles). Opportunity completed its three-month prime missions in April 2004 and has continued operations in bonus extended missions. The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter reached Mars in 2006, completed its prime mission in 2010, and is also working in an extended mission. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Malin Space Science Systems, San Diego, built and operates the orbiter's Context Camera.
Topics: Mars Exploration Rover, Space technology, Spaceflight, Spacecraft, Environment, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Mars Orbiter Camera, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars exploration, Mars landing, Malin Space Science Systems, Opportunity rover, Meridiani Planum, Exploration of Mars, Phobos, Mars, Victoria