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Picture of the Day - Approaching Marquette Island

Published by Matt on Wed Dec 9, 2009 4:28 pm via: NASA
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NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this picture of a rock informally named ‘Marquette Island’ as it approached the rock for investigations that have suggested the rock is a stony meteorite.

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity approaching Marquette Island. Credit: NASA

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity approaching Marquette Island. Credit: NASA

Opportunity used its navigation camera to record this image during the 2,056th Martian day, or sol, of the rover’s mission on Mars (Nov. 5, 2009).

The dark-toned rock stood out so prominently in more distant views on earlier sols that the rover team referred to it as ‘Sore Thumb’ before assigning the Marquette name in accord with an informal naming convention of choosing island names for the isolated rocks that the rover is finding as it crosses a relatively barren plain on its long trek from Victoria Crater toward Endeavour Crater.

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