A good impression

I have just been looking at NASA's nice new panorama of the Opportunity landing site. When the lander hit the surface it was surrounded in airbags which then deflated and were drawn in once it had come to rest. It is possible to see the airbag impressions in the surface. To me it looks as though it first landed somewhere near the rocky outcrop to the left of the panorama, bounced slightly past its current position (you can see a couple of airbag impressions 180 degrees around from the ones on the left) and then bounced backwards to where it sits now.

Meanwhile, Mars Express has been doing some interesting science of its own. A high precision spectrometer has shown that there is a difference in carbon dioxide between the northern and southern hemispheres and the High Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC) has taken pictures of around 1.87 million km2 of the surface.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 26th Jan 2004 (15:11 UTC) | Permalink
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