Mars Exploration Rover Update - April 7, 2006

http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/mission/status.html#opportunity

OPPORTUNITY UPDATE: Ripples and Outcrops - sol 778-784, Apr 07, 2006:

Opportunity is healthy and is continuing to drive toward “Victoria
Crater.” Thanks to talented rover planners and sturdy construction, the
rover covered a distance totaling about 170 meters (558 feet) during
the
week. The scenery has been beautiful and consistent: lots of ripples
sprinkled with a dash of outcrops.

Sol-by-sol summaries:

Sol 778 (April 2, 2006): Opportunity drove 25.3 meters (83 feet) and
used its navigation and panoramic cameras to image the area after the
drive. The rover also observed the atmosphere.

Sol 779: The rover took 13-filter panoramic camera images to survey the
ground near it. The miniature thermal emission spectrometer observed
the
sky and ground.

Sol 780: Opportunity drove 58.4 meters (192 feet), took navigation and
panoramic camera images of the post-drive area, and conducted
atmospheric and remote sensing.

Sol 781: The rover drove 32 meters (105 feet), used its navigation and
panoramic cameras to image the post drive-area, and conducted
atmospheric remote sensing.

Sol 782: Opportunity drove 45 meters (148 feet), used its navigation
and
panoramic cameras to image the post-drive area, and conducted
atmospheric remote sensing.

Sols 783 and 784 (April 7 and 8, 2006): These sols’ plans are for
targeted remote sensing.

Total odometry: 7,249 meters (4.5 miles) as of end of sol 782.