Opportunity rover arrives at Whim Creek

Whim Creek, looking south-east. Credit: NASA / JPL / Michael Howard (Midnight Martian)

The Opportunity rover continues to explore Cape York, on the edge of the huge Endeavour crater, and has now arrived at a curious feature that many interested people have been wanting to see close-up – Whim Creek.

Whim Creek, as it is nicknamed, is a wedge-shape “cut” in the northern edge of Cape York. Whether it is a tectonic, impact or fluvial feature, or something else, isn’t known yet. There should be more images over the next few days as well. :-)

Whim Creek, looking north-east. Credit: NASA / JPL / Michael Howard (Midnight Martian)

Orbital view of the northern half of Cape York; Whim Creek is the long “notch” near the northern end. Credit: NASA / JPL
Paul Scott Anderson is a freelance space writer with a life-long passion for space exploration and astronomy. He started his blog The Meridiani Journal in 2005, which is a chronicle of planetary exploration. He also publishes The Exoplanet Report e-paper. In 2011, he started writing about space on a freelance basis, and now also currently write for AmericaSpace and Examiner.com. He has also written for Universe Today and SpaceFlight Insider, has been published in The Mars Quarterly and has done supplementary writing for the well-known iOS app Exoplanet for iPhone and iPad.