Hello, Shelter Island

Not the lovely spot between the North and South Forks of Long Island (where I went to summer camp, decades and decades ago), but rather another meteorite on the surface of Mars, spotted by Rover Opportunity, which is checking out all sorts of amazingly cool stuff on its way to Crater Endeavor. Opportunity’s sister rover, Spirit, is likely never going to roll again, bogged down as she is in high sand in the Troy site near the Home Plate Plateau, so it’s delightful to have at least one of our friendly neighborhood robots making good time and distance, and finding excellent stuff while doing it, on the surface of Barsoom. It awes me to see another world looking like something you might encounter in the deserts of the American southwest (only 200 degrees colder). Huttah, Opportunity!

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