Saturday Aug 17, 2019
Contact:The Albuquerque Astronomical Society
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TAAS GENERAL MEETING
SATURDAY, AUGUST 17TH - 7:00PM
REGENER HALL, UNM CAMPUS - Note new venue
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
“The Last Days and Legacy of Opportunity Rover” - Dr. Larry Crumpler
This presentation will review Opportunity’s exploration of Perseverance Valley and the great Martian dust storm of 2018 from the perspective of a science team member who was there for all 14 and one-half years.
Perseverance Valley is located on the inner slope of the western rim of Endurance Crater, a system of shallow troughs descending eastward about the length of two football fields from the crest to its floor and is the final resting spot of Opportunity. The Opportunity rover drove nearly 12 km along the rim of the 22 km diameter Endeavour impact crater, a crater about the size of New Mexico’s Valles Caldera. This was our first field geologic look at near-surface outcrop-scale structure and stratigraphy of a large impact crater, including characteristics that were previously undocumented due to erosion of all large craters on Earth. This presentation will review some of the observations along the traverse, including some unexpected discoveries about large impact craters in general, as well as some of the legacy of the Opportunity mission as a whole.
During the last year, Opportunity was engaged in a campaign exploring Perseverance Valley, but in May 2018, the Great Martian Dust Storm began, eventually covering the planet, sweeping over Opportunity, putting it into survival mode and finally dooming the solar-powered rover. The talk will include a review of this fatal encounter.
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