Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

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Posted: Jan 07, 2015 6:37 PM
Opportunity rover takes in view from top of Martian hill

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory.

The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation.

Opportunity landed on Mars more than a decade ago and has recently suffered bouts of amnesia stemming from an issue with its flash memory. The six-wheel rover has been able to drive despite the occasional memory lapse.

Opportunity will spend several days at the summit snapping pictures that engineers will stitch into a color panorama.

Project manager John Callas says the rover will try to find interesting rocks to study. If there are none to be found, it will keep driving.