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Opportunity View During Exploration in 'Duck Bay,' Sols 1506-1510 (Stereo)
02.03.09
 
stereo, full-circle view of the rover's surroundings

NASA Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this stereo, full-circle view of the rover's surroundings on the 1,506th through 1,510th Martian days, or sols, of Opportunity's mission on Mars (April 19-23, 2008). South is at the center; north is at both ends.

This view combines images from the left-eye and right-eye sides of the navigation camera. It appears three-dimensional when viewed through red-blue glasses with the red lens on the left.

The site is within an alcove called "Duck Bay" in the western portion of Victoria Crater. Victoria Crater is about 800 meters (half a mile) wide. Opportunity had descended into the crater at the top of Duck Bay 7 months earlier. By the time the rover acquired this view, it had examined rock layers inside the rim, visible above the rover's solar panels.

Opportunity was headed for a closer look at the base of a promontory called "Cape Verde," the cliff near the left edge of this image, before leaving Victoria. The face of Cape Verde is about 6 meters (20 feet) tall. Just to the right of Cape Verde is the main bowl of Victoria Crater, with sand dunes at the bottom. A promontory called "Cabo Frio," at the southern side of Duck Bay, stands near the center of the image.

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

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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