Opportunity has commenced circumnavigation and full-circle imaging of the large meteorite “Block Island”. On Sol 1997 (Sept. 5, 2009), the rover moved 5.7 meters (18.7 feet) to the second of six stand-off positions around the meteorite (the first position being the initial rover location).
At each location Opportunity collects a set of images with the panoramic camera (Pancam).
On Sol 1999 (Sept. 7, 2009), Opportunity drove about 4 meters (13 feet) to the third position. The plan is to complete the circumnavigation of the meteorite before departing this location.
On Sol 1995 (Sept. 3, 2009), a solar-array dust-cleaning event occurred.
As of Sol 2000 (Sept. 8, 2009), Opportunity’s solar-array energy production is 527 watt-hours, with an atmospheric opacity (tau) of 0.475 and a dust factor improved to 0.6145. The rover’s total odometry is 17,238.97 meters (10.71 miles).