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Opportunity Celebrates 11 Years on Mars With a Grand Panorama

23 Jan 2015, 22:31 UTC
Opportunity Celebrates 11 Years on Mars With a Grand Panorama NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University
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While we have been getting most of our daily images of Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover over the past couple of years, we shouldn’t forget that there’s still another rover keeping busy on the Red Planet: Opportunity, one of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers (MER-B), still exploring after 11 years! To commemorate Opportunity’s upcoming landing […]

A view captured by NASA’s Opportunity rover from the rim of Endeavour crater on Jan. 6, 2015 (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University)
While we have been getting most of our daily images of Mars from NASA’s Curiosity rover over the past couple of years, we shouldn’t forget that there’s still another rover keeping busy on the Red Planet: Opportunity, one of the twin Mars Exploration Rovers (MER-B), still exploring after 11 years!
To commemorate Opportunity’s upcoming landing anniversary on January 25, the MER team has released a panorama taken from the rover’s vantage point atop “Cape Tribulation,” part of the rim of the 14-mile-wide Endeavour Crater. Made of multiple images acquired on Jan. 6, 2015 with the rover’s Pancam instrument (that is, its “eyes”) the image is presented in approximate true-color of what the scene would look like if we were standing there.
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