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05.19.2014
Source: Jet Propulsion Laboratory

NASA Rover Gains Martian Vista From Ridgeline

The rim surrounding Endeavour Crater on Mars recedes southward, then sweeps around to the east in a vista obtained by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The view is from high on the south end of the "Murray Ridge" portion of the crater's western rim.

The image was assembled from multiple exposures taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) in April. It shows locations along the rim that the rover has subsequently reached and may explore in the future.

The panorama is available online at:

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/?ImageID=6246

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover spent several months exploring portions of Murray Ridge. Since reaching the local high point on the ridgeline from which this panorama was taken, the rover has proceeded southward to reach an exposure of aluminum-rich clay detected from orbit.

During Opportunity's first decade on Mars and the 2004-2010 career of its twin, Spirit, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project yielded a range of findings proving wet environmental conditions on ancient Mars -- some very acidic, others milder and more conducive to supporting life.

JPL manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

For more information about Spirit and Opportunity, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/rovers
http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov

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Guy Webster 818-354-6278

Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov


All Related Images
  • This vista of the Endeavour Crater rim was acquired by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera on April 18, 2014, from the southern end of "Murray Ridge" on the western rim of the crater. In mid-May, the rover approached the dark outcrops on the flank of the hill at right.
    Endeavour Crater Rim From 'Murray Ridge' on Mars
  • This vista of the Endeavour Crater rim was acquired by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera on April 18, 2014, from "Murray Ridge" on the western rim of the crater. It is presented in false color to make differences in surface materials more easily visible.
    Endeavour Crater Rim From 'Murray Ridge' on Mars, False Color
  • NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera on May 10, 2014, to capture this 360-degree view near the ridgeline of Endeavour Crater's western rim. The center is southeastward. Rocks on the slope to the right of center are in an outcrop area targeted for the rover to study.
    Approaching a Target Deposit on Mars Crater Rim
  • NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera on May 10, 2014, to capture this stereo, 360-degree view near the ridgeline of Endeavour Crater's western rim. The center is southeastward. The view appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses.
    Approaching a Target Deposit on Mars Crater Rim (Stereo)
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  • The component images for this 360-degree panorama were taken by the navigation camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity after the rover drove about 97 feet southeastward on April 22, 2014. The location is on the western rim of Endeavour Crater. The two parallel tracks are 3.3 feet apart.
    Opportunity's Tracks Near Crater Rim Ridgeline
  • Component images for this stereo, 360-degree scene were taken by the navigation camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity after a drive of about 97 feet southeastward on April 22, 2014. This vista of the rim of Endeavour Crater appears three-dimensional when seen through blue-red glasses.
    Opportunity's Tracks Near Crater Rim Ridgeline (Stereo)

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