PIA12012: Opportunity Photographs Her Underbelly
 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 (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA12012.tif (1.05 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA12012.jpg (110.1 kB)

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Similar to a geologist's hand lens, the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration rovers is designed to image objects at a close distance (less than a few centimeters) at very high resolution. On Sol 1890 (May 18, 2009) the Opportunity rover used its microscopic imager camera to take a picture of its underside. While out of focus (as expected for this distance), the image does show the rover wheels (left middle and left rear), the ground and the underbelly of Opportunity. This information may prove helpful for extracting Spirit's wheels from the soft Martian soil it has encountered and might be a way to see whether Spirit's belly pan is touching the rocks beneath it.

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