PIA05646: 'Lanikai' Under the Microscope
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Opportunity
Instrument: Microscopic Imager
Product Size: 1024 x 1024 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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Original Caption Released with Image:
This three-centimeter by three-centimeter (1.2-inch by 1.2-inch) microscopic image of the soil survey target informally called "Lanikai" was taken on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 52nd sol, or day, on Mars. Named after Hawaii's white sand beaches, this target reveals irregularly shaped, light-colored, millimeter-sized (0.04 inch) clasts, or particles, in a fine-grained soil. Lanikai's angular, less-rounded clast shapes interested the science team when compared to other soil targets in the crater area examined by the microscopic imager.

For mosaic of related microscopic images, see PIA05651.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Cornell/USGS

Image Addition Date:
2004-03-27