The First MACJR'S Mini-Verse² Forum
Latest Topics
 
 
 


Reply
  Author   Comment  
MACJR

Avatar / Picture

Solar Power
Registered:
Posts: 1,904
Reply with quote  #1 

 

Okay, I finally got around to looking at this, and then looking a few things over. Below is some of what I found about what is going on at Victoria Crater, on Mars.

 

 

MACJR

 

 

 

 

NASA Rover Opportunity Takes First Peek Into Victoria Crater

 

Guy Webster 818-354-6278

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

 

Image Advisory: 2006-111                                                     September 19, 2006      

 

NASA Rover Opportunity Takes First Peek Into Victoria Crater

 

On Monday, NASA's Mars rover Opportunity got to within about 160 feet of the rim of the half-mile-wide Victoria Crater, the rover's destination since late 2004.

 

The new position gave Opportunity a glimpse of the crater's opposite wall.  That view from the navigation camera on the rover is available online at http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/images/20060919.html.

 

"Opportunity has been heading toward Victoria for more than 20 months, with no guarantee it would ever get there, so we are elated to see this view," said Justin Maki of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., an imaging scientist on the rover team. "However, we still have another two or three short drives before Opportunity is really right at the rim, looking down into the crater."

 

Once Opportunity reaches the rim, the rover’s panoramic camera will begin the task of creating a high-definition color mosaic.  That mosaic of images will provide scientists not only with a beautiful view of the crater, but will also provide geologic details of the crater walls.

 

The width of Victoria crater is the equivalent of eight football fields placed end to end.  That makes it about five times wider than "Endurance Crater," which Opportunity spent six months examining in 2004, and about 40 times wider than "Eagle Crater," where Opportunity first landed.

 

The great lure of Victoria is the expectation that a thick stack of geological layers will be exposed in the crater walls, potentially several times the thickness that was previously studied at Endurance and, therefore, potentially preserving several times the historical record. Opportunity and its twin, Spirit, are robotic geologists with instruments for examining rocks to learn about the ancient environmental conditions that existed at the times the rocks were formed.  Opportunity has already found exposed rock layers that were formed in flowing surface water and other layers formed as windblown sand.  Analyzing the layers at Victoria could extend the story further back in time.

 

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, manages the Mars Exploration Rover mission for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.  For additional images and information about the mission, visit http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer .

 

 

Source: NASA News - NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory info@jpl.nasa.gov

 

 

Additional information:

 

The Mars Rovers

 

 

Spirit Mission

Launch vehicle: Delta II 7925

Launch: June 10, 2003, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Earth-Mars distance at launch: 103 million kilometers (64 million miles)

Mars landing: Jan. 4, 2004, at about 2:30 p.m. local Mars time (signal received at Earth

8:35 p.m. PST Jan. 3)

Landing site: Gusev Crater, possible former lake in giant impact crater

Earth-Mars distance on landing day: 170.2 million kilometers (105.7 million miles)

One-way speed-of-light time Mars-to-Earth on landing day: 9.46 minutes

Total distance traveled Earth to Mars (approximate): 487 million kilometers (303 million miles)

Near-surface atmospheric temperature at landing site: -100 C (-148 F) to 0 C (32 F)

Primary mission: 90 Mars days, or "sols" (equivalent to 92 Earth days)

 

 

Opportunity Mission

Launch vehicle: Delta II 7925H (larger solid-fuel boosters than 7925)

Launch: July 7, 2003, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla.

Earth-Mars distance at launch: 78 million kilometers (48 million miles)

Mars landing: Jan. 25, 2004, at about 1:15 p.m. local Mars time (signal received at Earth 9:05 p.m. PST Jan. 24)

Landing site: Meridiani Planum, where mineral deposits suggest wet past

Earth-Mars distance on landing day: 198.7 million kilometers (123.5 million miles)

One-way speed-of-light time Mars-to-Earth on landing day: 11 minutes

Total distance traveled Earth to Mars (approximate): 456 million kilometers (283 million miles)

Near-surface atmospheric temperature at landing site: -100 C (-148 F) to 0 C (32 F)

Primary mission: 90 Mars days, or "sols" (equivalent to 92 Earth days)

 

 

Source: NASA - Press Kit January 2004.

The NASA Homepage: NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Home

 


__________________
“They can shoot me dead but the moral high ground is mine!” The 10th Doctor
nannyjo

Avatar / Picture

White Dwarf
Registered:
Posts: 1,154
Reply with quote  #2 


__________________
Stay open to the possibilities.
Move without fear. Trust in those who love You
AStarFan

Avatar / Picture

Proto Star
Registered:
Posts: 39
Reply with quote  #3 

So cool... Water and Wind... Wonder what Else will surfice?


__________________
Previous Topic | Next Topic
Print
Reply

Quick Navigation:


Create your own forum with Website Toolbox!

Back to Top Forum