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Mars Exploration Rover Telecon: June 28, 2007, 1 p.m. EST (10 a.m. PST)
06.28.07
 
This NASA media teleconference will discuss the scientific reasoning and risks related to the Mars rover Opportunity's planned descent into the massive "Victoria Crater." Opportunity has been exploring layered rocks in cliffs around the Martian crater.

+ News release: NASA Mars Rover Ready for Descent Into Crater

Call in number: 888-398-6118 | International toll number: 210-234-0018
Passcode: crater
Audio replays of the teleconference will be available until July 2 by calling 866-458-4759. International media should call 203-369-1316.
Participants:
Alan Stern, NASA associate administrator, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
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Michael Meyer, lead Mars program scientist, Science Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters, Washington
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John Callas, Mars Exploration Rover project manager, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
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Steve Squyres, principal investigator, Mars Exploration Rover science instruments, Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y
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Images and Animations

Victoria Crater
Rover Tracks at Crater's Edge

Tracks left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it traveled along the rim of Victoria Crater can be seen clearly in this image taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft.
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Victoria Crater
Band of Bright Rock (False Color)
This image captured by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows "Cape St. Vincent," one of the many promontories that jut out from the walls of Victoria Crater, Mars.
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An alcove in the rim of Victoria Crater, named Duck Bay
Band at Duck Bay
This image shows "Duck Bay," an alcove in the rim of Victoria Crater.
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Opportunity's route from its landing site through sol 1,215
Opportunity's Path, Sol 1,215
The route followed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity from its landing site through the 1,215th Martian day (or sol) of its mission (June 24, 2007), is marked on this map.
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Play animated traverse map:
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Opportunity's Rim Path, Sol 1,215
Opportunity's Rim Path, Sol 1,215
The route followed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity during its exploration partway around the rim of Victoria Crater is marked on this map.
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Site where Opportunity will roll down into Victoria Crater on Mars
Opportunity Gets Ready to Roll
This image shows the site where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will carefully roll down into Victoria Crater on Mars.
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Victoria crater, Mars
Surveying the Scene Above Opportunity (Simulation)
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This animation shows a hypothetical flyover above Victoria Crater, where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is perched on a rim.
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simulated view of Opportunity at Victoria crater
Rolling into Victoria Crater (Simulation)
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This animation shows a simulated rover descending into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove informally named "Duck Bay."
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