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Opportunity's Surroundings After Sol 1820 Drive
03.20.09
 
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this full-circle view of the rover's surroundings during the 1,820th to 1,822nd Martian days, or sols, of Opportunity's surface mission (March 7 to 9, 2009). South is at the center; north at both ends.

The rover had driven 20.6 meters toward the northwest on Sol 1820 before beginning to take the frames in this view. Tracks from that drive recede southwestward, toward a cluster of rocks at the rim of a small crater called "Resolution." For scale, the distance between the parallel wheel tracks is about 1 meter (about 40 inches).

The terrain in this portion of Mars' Meridiani Planum region includes dark-toned sand ripples and small exposures of lighter-toned bedrock.

This view is presented as a cylindrical projection with geometric seam correction.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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