New Mars Photo

The Mars Rover Opportunity has arrived at "Endurance Crater" revealing a variety of strata and rock formations and intriguing sand/salt formations at the bottom. An issue now is not whether Opportunity can roll in, but whether she can climb back out for further investigations. The Space.com bulletin boards are giddy at the possibility of investigating 'water seeps' One poster is reporting that a lead JPL scientists is predicting that Opportunity might last another six months. Another suggests that "the plan for Opportunity is to head South/South West after it's done with Endurance Crater. The objective being the white area which would be an ideal area to look for fossils. If the rover can last as long as hoped that puts some of the much larger craters within reach too.

Exploratorium May 3, 2004

USA Today May 4, 2004

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