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2004-Nov-12, 05:33 PM
SUMMARY: Engineers at NASA knew they were taking a risk when they piloted the Opportunity rover into the stadium-sized Endurance crater because it has fairly steep walls. It looks like the planned eastward exit out of the crater isn't going to work; one part of the slope is too steep, and the other is covered in sand that the rover might not be able to cross. Opportunity will have to backtrack, and search out a new exit to the south, and maybe even go back out by retracing its entry path.

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2004-Nov-12, 09:01 PM
Well, I hope it can get out soon! :(

2004-Nov-13, 05:20 AM
very hard move,
well at least the rovers got some great info on Mars

2004-Nov-15, 12:49 AM
:huh: What happens it can't get out? :(

2004-Nov-15, 05:48 PM
It's too bad that Opportunity can't examine the area where strata meet at a sharp angle. If this is an unconformity, it means that the geologic history in this part of Mars has included major deformation, followed by a long period of erosion, then more deposition and then another period of deformation. There also appears to be another unconformity overlying both of these formations. I hope NASA will address the geologic history of this area.

2004-Nov-16, 04:22 AM
Maybe the next generation of rovers should be equiped with winches and grapple hooks, so they can pull themselves out of craters and ravines!