PIA06017: Are Ripples a Sign of Water?
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
 Spacecraft:  Opportunity
 Instrument:  Microscopic Imager
 Product Size:  4929 x 1422 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA06017.tif (5.673 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA06017.jpg (969.8 kB)

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Scientists are investigating the ripples and textures seen in this 4-panel mosaic image, taken by the microscopic imager on the instrument deployment device or "robotic arm" of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The images were taken from "Panoramic Position 2" on the southeast side of the rim of "Endurance" Crater. This small set of nearly 150 images was acquired to examine small-scale ripple patterns suggestive of past aqueous processes on Mars.

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