Rover Is Spending Several Weeks At Crater Rim

Pasadena CA (JPL) Jan 21, 2011 Opportunity is in position for solar conjunction at the southeast rim of the 80-meter (262-foot) diameter Santa Maria crater. Solar conjunction is the period when communications between Earth and Mars are disrupted because the Sun is directly in between the two planets. The southeast region of the rim shows evidence for hydrated sulfate minerals. Opportunity is positioned near a bright sur


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