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Oppy scoots a little further around Block Island…

The Mars Exploration Rover “Opportunity” – which recently celebrated 2000 sols, or martian days, of roving on Mars – is now slowly but surely trundling past and around the huge meteorite dubbed “Block Island”. Today new pictures came down showing the previously-unseen “far side” of the meteorite. Here are a few images I made from them…

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Hmmm…. the rear of Block Island seems a lot less pock-marked and eroded than the side we’ve been looking at until now… why? Well, that’s for those clever people at JPL, NASA and science centres around the world to figure out! 🙂

And if you’re wondering how big that meteorite actually is – I know it’s hard to judge just from the pictures – then say a big “Thank you” to my fellow UMSFer Mike Howard, who said I can post this excellent pic from his brilliant Midnight Mars Browser program, showing Block Island and the rover side by side…

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