PIA15024: Opportunity's Late Afternoon View of Mars
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Opportunity
Instrument: Panoramic Camera
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Produced By: Cornell University
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to capture this low-light raw image during the late afternoon of the rover's 2,847th Martian day, or sol, of work on Mars (Jan. 27, 2012).

The rover is positioned for the Mars winter at "Greeley Haven," an outcrop located on the north end of Cape York on the rim of Endeavour Crater. This site provides an approximate 15-degree northerly tilt for favorable solar energy production.

Plans for research continuing through the winter months at Greeley Haven include a radio-science investigation of the interior of Mars, inspections of mineral compositions and textures on the outcrop, and assembly of a full-circle, color panorama of the surroundings.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Image Addition Date:
2012-02-03