Opportunity’s Selfie

Opportunity’s Selfie

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity catches a possess late-afternoon shade in this dramatically illuminated perspective east opposite Endeavour Crater on Mars.

The corsair used a breathtaking camera (Pancam) between about 4:30 and 5:00 p.m. internal Mars time to record images taken by opposite filters and total into this mosaic view.

Most of a member images were available during a 2,888th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity’s work on Mars (March 9, 2012). At that time, Opportunity was spending low-solar-energy weeks of a Martian winter during a Greeley Haven outcrop on a Cape York shred of Endeavour’s western rim. In sequence to give a mosaic a rectilinear aspect, some tiny tools of a edges of a mosaic and sky were filled in with tools of an picture acquired progressing as partial of a 360-degree scenery from a same location.

Opportunity has been study a western edge of Endeavour Crater given nearing there in Aug 2011. This void spans 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter, or about a same area as a city of Seattle. This is some-more than 20 times wider than Victoria Crater, a largest impact void that Opportunity had formerly examined. The interior dish of Endeavour is in a top half of this view.

The mosaic combines about a dozen images taken by Pancam filters centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). The perspective is presented in fake tone to make some differences between materials easier to see, such as a dim sandy ripples and dunes on a crater’s apart floor.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.