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Orbital View of Opportunity's Region

Published by Matt on Mon May 3, 2010 2:12 pm via: NASA
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This view of an area about 140 kilometers (about 90 miles) wide in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars shows the region around NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.

Orbital View of Opportunity's Region. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University

Orbital View of Opportunity's Region. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Arizona State University

Opportunity, in the seventh year of its exploration of Mars, is in the upper central portion of the image, on multi-year trek from Victoria crater toward the much larger Endeavour crater. In April 2010, Opportunity captured views of the rims of Endeavour crater and the more distant Iazu crater on the horizon to southeast from the rover.

This view is a mosaic of daytime infrared images taken by the Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) camera on NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter. The THEMIS mosaic was prepared using JMARS (http://jmars.asu.edu), a software tool developed at Arizona State University for viewing and analyzing Mars data sets.

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If Opportunity is on a trip from Victoria to Endeavour, then why is she so far to the south of Victoria? "Oppy" isn't really much closer to Endeavour now, than she was while still at Victoria. Why did they choose that route?
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