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Press Release Images: Opportunity
15-Jun-2004
Mars Rovers Going the Extra Mile
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Do the Hokey Pokey (Animation)
Do the Hokey Pokey

This animation shows the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's "dance" into "Endurance Crater." The rover drove forward, back, then forward again, bringing it five meters (16.4 feet) into the crater. Presently, the rover is investigating a flat rock dubbed "Tennessee" with its scientific instruments. The images making up this movie were taken by the rover's front hazard-avoidance camera.

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Crater of Clues
Crater of Clues

This 360-degree panorama shows "Endurance Crater" and the surrounding plains of Meridiani Planum. This is the second large panoramic camera mosaic of Endurance, and was obtained from a high point near the crater's south rim.

It took seven sols to complete this panorama (sols 117-123), using 81 separate camera positions and six filters per position. The composite shown here is an approximate true-color rendering generated from the panoramic camera's 750-, 530- and 480-nanometer filters. The mosaic, shown at full-resolution, is 22,780 x 2,723 pixels in size.

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Step by Step
Step by Step

This image from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity panoramic camera shows the rover's drive path into the crater called "Endurance," starting near the target called "Karatepe." The drive began on sol 133 (June 8, 2004).

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'Endurance' From the Inside
'Endurance' From the Inside

This image taken by the hazard-avoidance camera on sol 137 (June 12, 2004) shows the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rear view from its new position about 5 meters (16.4 feet) inside "Endurance Crater." The rover is currently investigating a flat rock dubbed, "Tennessee," which scientists believe may be made up of the same evaporite-rich materials as those found in "Eagle Crater."

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'Tennessee' Clues
'Tennessee' Clues

This false-color image shows the area within "Endurance Crater," currently being investigated by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The rover is inspecting a hole it drilled into a flat rock (center) dubbed "Tennessee," which scientists believe may be made up of the same evaporite-rich materials as those found in "Eagle Crater."

The overall geography inside Endurance is more complex than scientists anticipated, with at least three distinct bands of rock visible in front of the rover. Scientists hope to investigate the second and third layers of rock for more clues to Mars' history. This image was taken on sol 133 (June 8, 2004) with the rover's panoramic camera, using the 750-, 530- and 430-nanometer filters.

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'Endurance' From the Inside
'Endurance' From the Inside

This image taken by the hazard-avoidance camera on sol 137 (June 12, 2004) shows the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rear view from its new position about 5 meters (16 feet) inside "Endurance Crater." The rover is currently investigating a flat rock dubbed "Tennessee," which scientists believe may be made up of the same evaporite-rich materials as those found in "Eagle Crater."

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