After one failed attempt, the Mars rover Opportunity has defeated a literal slippery slope and left its home crater. Now it is 9 meters from the rim, well and truly out on the red soily plains. NASA is having a press briefing today to announce another significant scientific finding from the rover.
- Check out the Sol 057 Navcam photos for an idea of the rover’s new vista.
- I’ve started a discussion thread on the BadAstronomy.com message board about some strange features in the soil in this photo.
- Great mission sum-up from this informative BBC Q&A with Steve Squyres, lead scientist for the MER mission.
- New Mars wiggles! From Spirit at Bonneville Crater and Serpent Dune, and from Opportunity’s new position.