Opportunity's Fast Progress Southward, Sol 414
August 18, 2005
As of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 414th martian day, or sol, (March 24, 2005), the robot had driven a total of 4.81 kilometers (2.99 miles) since landing. This map shows the portion of rover's route after Opportunity finished examining its jettisoned heat shield on sol 357 (Jan. 24, 2005). In this two-month period, Opportunity drove 2.69 kilometers (1.67 miles). As landmarks along the route, it used craters that the rover team informally named for ships of historic voyages of exploration. Scientists are eager for Opportunity to reach an area farther south called the "Etched Terrain," which appears mottled in the map's base images and might offer access to different layers of bedrock than what the rover has seen so far. This traverse map is overlaid on a mosaic of images from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey orbiters and from Opportunity's descent camera. The scale bar at lower left is 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) long.
Topics: Mars, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Mars Global Surveyor, Comparison of embedded computer systems on board the Mars rovers, Endeavour, Rover, Opportunity rover, Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle, Mars Exploration Rover, Exploration of Mars, Victoria, Environment