Friday, January 06, 2012

Rover parked in "Greeley Haven" for the Martian winter

NASA has parked the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity for the next several months at a site informally named "Greeley Haven" with a sun-facing slope to provide more solar power and less solar panel covering dust. The name is a tribute to ASU planetary geologist Ronald Greeley (1939-2011), who was a member of the science team for the Mars rovers and many other interplanetary missions. [Right, mosaic from Opportunity, Dec. 2, 2011. Credit, NASA/JPL/Cornell/ASU]

Greeley Haven is an informal name for the location on the rim of Endeavor Crater.

[Taken in part from the NASA news release]

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