Opportunity Photographed from Mars Orbit at Crater Precipice

Opportunity rover at the SW rim of Santa Maria Crater on New Year’s Eve 2010 – Sol 2466. The rover sits at the edge of the crater rim and was photographed from Mars orbit by the HiRISE camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Look closely to see the rover tracks on the left as Opportunity approached the westerm rim of Santa Maria crater. Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona. See the full Hi Res image below, and another image with an oblique view of the same area as though you were looking out an airplane window

“I enjoy seeing our rover again,“ says Steve Squyres, the top scientist for the Opportunity and Spirit Mars rovers.

NASA’s Opportunity rover was just been photographed from Mars Orbit while perched at the precipice of Santa Maria crater – just meters away from the edge of the Southwest rim. The photo was taken on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31, 2010 on Sol 2466 of the mission which has lasted nearly 7 years ! Opportunity landed on Mars on Jan. 24, 2004.

This newly released photo was taken by the high resolution HiRISE camera circling overhead in Mars orbit aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).(…) Read the rest of Opportunity Photographed from Mars Orbit at Crater Precipice (620 words)

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