This image from NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity is from the edge of a football-field-size crater informally named 'Santa Maria.' The rover's upraised robotic arm, itself out of view, casts a dragon-shaped shadow in the foreground.
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Fisheye Stereo from Edge of 'Santa Maria' Crater, Sol 2459

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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity gained this stereo view during the 2,459th Martian day, or sol of the rover's work on Mars (Dec. 24, 2010) from the edge of a football-field-size crater informally named "Santa Maria."

The scene appears three-dimensional when viewed through red-blue glasses with the red lens on the left. It combines images taken with the left eye and right eye of Opportunity's front hazard-avoidance camera.

The rover's upraised robotic arm, itself out of view, casts a dragon-shaped shadow in the foreground.

Opportunity's viewpoint for this scene is the position reached by a drive on Sol 2454. Drives on sols 2452 and 2454 brought Opportunity a few meters counterclockwise around the western side of the crater from the place where the rover first approached the crater on Sol 2451 (Dec. 16, 2010).

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Washington.

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Image details

ID#:
PIA13710

Date added:
2010-12-28

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Spacecraft:
Opportunity

Instruments:
Hazard Identification Camera

Size:
1004 x 1024 pixels (width x height)

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Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech