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Shots of Mars' Amazing Landscape, Terrain Via Rover Opportunity

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By Simon Saavedra , Christian Post Correspondent
August 22, 2011|2:02 pm

New images of Mars' landscape and terrain have been made available thanks to rover Opportunity's current exploration mission in Mars.

It took a 13-mile journey spanning a period of almost three years to finally arrive at its current location, a small crater at Endeavor Crater, and take the stunning images.

The rover will now be examining material ejected from the small crater named "Odyssey" using tools on its robotic arms.

Opportunity has been on the Red planet along with its side-kick rover, Spirit, since January 2004. Although their original mission ended three months later on April 2004, both exploration vehicles continued to function for several years until Spirit ended communication in March 2010.

The rovers made important contributions to the study of past wet environments on Mars that could've been favorable for supporting life.

nasa opportunity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU)

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to capture this raw image looking across Endeavour crater during the rover's 2,686th Martian day, or sol, of work on Mars (Aug. 14, 2011).

nasa opportunity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU)

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looked across a small crater on the rim of a much larger crater to capture this raw image from its panoramic camera during the rover's 2,685th Martian day, or sol, of work on Mars (Aug. 13, 2011).

nasa opportunity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU)

The flat-topped rock just below the center of this raw image from the rover Opportunity's panoramic camera was chosen by the rover team in August 2011 as a stop for inspecting with tools on Opportunity's robotic arm. This image was taken during the 2,688th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity's work on Mars (Aug. 16, 2011), which was seven days after the rover arrived at the western rim of Endeavour Crater.

nasa opportunity (Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/ASU)

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity looked down at the soil on the western rim of Endeavour crater to capture this raw image from its panoramic camera during the rover's 2,686th Martian day, or sol, of work on Mars (Aug. 14, 2011).

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington. More information about the rovers is online at: http://www.nasa.gov/rovers or http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov

Contact: simon.saavedra@christianpost.com
 

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