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Band at Duck Bay
An alcove in the rim of Victoria Crater, named Duck Bay

This image shows "Duck Bay," an alcove in the rim of Victoria Crater. NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity will roll down the slopes of Duck Bay in early July 2007 and investigate the rocks inside the crater. One of its first targets will be the bright band of bedrock seen here lining the upper portion of the crater walls.

This band appears to be unlike anything encountered before at Opportunity's landing site. Scientists say it marks the spot where the ground surface used to lie just before an impace formed Victoria Crater. Future investigations with Opportunity might help determine whether the band's brighter appearance is the result of ancient interactions with the Martian atmosphere.

This false-color view, taken by Opportunity's panoramic camera, was previously released as part of a larger picture (see PIA09103). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

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