[meteorite-list] Mars Rover Opportunity's Vista Includes Long Tracks

From: Ron Baalke <baalke_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Tue, 9 Sep 2014 15:06:48 -0700 (PDT)
Message-ID: <201409092206.s89M6m1I013337_at_zagami.jpl.nasa.gov>


Mars Rover Opportunity's Vista Includes Long Tracks
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
September 09, 2014

>From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity
recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from
nearly half a mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving.

Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded the component images on
Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour
Crater. A brief video places the scene into context with the rover's
entire driving route of more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) since the
mission's 2004 landing in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars.

The video is online at:


The Pancam image in approximate true color is available at:


The Opportunity mission has been investigating outcrops on the western
rim of Endeavour Crater for three years. The crater spans 14 miles (22
kilometers) in diameter. During Opportunity's first decade on Mars and
the 2004-to-2010 career of its twin, Spirit, NASA's Mars Exploration
Rover Project yielded a range of findings proving wet environmental
conditions on ancient Mars -- some very acidic, others milder and more
conducive to supporting life.

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, manages the Mars
Exploration Rover Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in
Washington. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages

For more information about Spirit and Opportunity, visit:



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Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California
guy.webster at jpl.nasa.gov

Received on Tue 09 Sep 2014 06:06:48 PM PDT

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