PIA05299: Third MOC View of Opportunity Landing Site
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Global Surveyor (MGS)
 Spacecraft:  Mars Global Surveyor Orbiter
 Instrument:  Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
 Product Size:  1019 x 1529 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Malin Space Science Systems
 Producer ID:  MOC2-639
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05299.tif (1.504 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05299.jpg (394.2 kB)

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Original Caption Released with Image:

17 February 2004
Around 19:03 UTC on 15 February 2004, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) spacecraft flew almost directly over the Mars Exploration Rover (MER-B), Opportunity, landing site. The MGS Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) team decided, therefore, to take MOC's third picture of the lander. Unlike the previous two images, this attempt did not require rolling the spacecraft to hit the target. The image shows the location of the lander in its small impact crater; it also shows the locations of the parachute/backshell and the area disturbed by landing rockets and the first bounce. The heat shield impact site was too far east for the camera to view. The Opportunity landing site is near 2.0S, 5.6W in Meridiani Planum. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the left. The 150 meter scale bar is about 164 yards long. The image is not map-projected; north is toward the top/upper right.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL/Malin Space Science Systems

Image Addition Date:
2004-02-17