This 3-D image taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a close-up of the center of the rock abrasion tool hole, ground into 'Bounce.' 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
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A Crack Runs Through It

This 3-D image taken by the microscopic imager on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a close-up of the center of the rock abrasion tool hole, ground into "Bounce" on the rover's 66th sol on Mars. Features smaller than one-tenth of a millimeter (.004 inches) are visible. The observed area is a little over 3 centimeters (1.2 inches). The canyon-like crack that runs across the bottom half of the image is really only about 2 millimeters (about 0.08 inches) deep. Scientists are currently using a variety of instruments to study the chemical content of the rock.

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Image details

ID#:
PIA05687

Date added:
2004-04-02

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Spacecraft:
Opportunity

Instruments:
Microscopic Imager

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA05687.tif (2.59 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA05687.jpg (0.17 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Cornell/USGS