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Donger
10-06-2006, 03:18 PM
This image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity near the rim of "Victoria Crater." Victoria is an impact crater about 800 meters (half a mile) in diameter at Meridiani Planum near the equator of Mars. Opportunity has been operating on Mars since January, 2004. Five days before this image was taken, Opportunity arrived at the rim of Victoria, after a drive of more than 9 kilometers (over 5 miles). It then drove to the position where it is seen in this image.

Shown in the image are "Duck Bay," the eroded segment of the crater rim where Opportunity first arrived at the crater; "Cabo Frio," a sharp promontory to the south of Duck Bay; and "Cape Verde," another promontory to the north. When viewed at the highest resolution, this image shows the rover itself, wheel tracks in the soil behind it, and the rover's shadow, including the shadow of the camera mast. After this image was taken, Opportunity moved to the very tip of Cape Verde to perform more imaging of the interior of the crater.

This view is a portion of an image taken through a red filter by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on Oct. 3, 2006. The complete image is centered at minus7.8 degrees latitude, 279.5 degrees East longitude. The range to the target site was 297 kilometers (185.6 miles). At this distance the image scale is 29.7 centimeters (12 inches) per pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects about 89 centimeters (35 inches) across are resolved. North is up. The image was taken at a local Mars time of 3:30 PM and the scene is illuminated from the west with a solar incidence angle of 59.7 degrees, thus the sun was about 30.3 degrees above the horizon. At a solar longitude of 113.6 degrees, the season on Mars is northern summer.

Images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment and additional information about the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter are available online at: http://www.nasa.gov/mro or http://HiRISE.lpl.arizona.edu.

For information about NASA and agency programs on the Web, visit: http://www.nasa.gov.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.

Donger
10-06-2006, 03:19 PM
The little rover is Opportunity, still going after 960 days on the surface.

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Donger
10-06-2006, 03:21 PM
Another one.

This handout image from NASA taken Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006 and released Friday, Oct. 6, 2006, from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter shows 'Victoria crater,' an impact crater at Meridiani Planum, near the equator of Mars. The crater is approximately 800 half-a-mile in diameter. It has a distinctive scalloped shape to its rim, caused by erosion and downhill movement of crater wall material. The floor of the crater is occupied by a striking field of sand dunes. (AP Photo/NASA, JPL, Cornell)

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jiveturkey
10-06-2006, 03:22 PM
I'm guessing that Toyota made the rover???

Easy 6
10-06-2006, 03:24 PM
Thats an outstanding clip of the crater.

ct
10-06-2006, 03:27 PM
cool stuff

leothedog69
10-06-2006, 03:29 PM
I wish I grew up to be a rocket scientist.

Donger
10-06-2006, 03:31 PM
Forgive my Microsoft Paint work, but here's where Opportunity is:

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HemiEd
10-06-2006, 03:37 PM
I'm guessing that Toyota made the rover???

Yep, there is a recall on it.

Adept Havelock
10-06-2006, 04:20 PM
960 days? What was it's expected lifespan?

Donger
10-06-2006, 04:21 PM
960 days? What was it's expected lifespan?

About 90 days.

Adept Havelock
10-06-2006, 04:21 PM
About 90 days.

VERY impressive engineering. :thumb:

Donger
10-06-2006, 04:23 PM
Here's a closeup of the little guy:

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Adept Havelock
10-06-2006, 04:25 PM
Heh. Time for a kid's book.

"The Little Rover that Could".

Donger
10-06-2006, 04:26 PM
Heh. Time for a kid's book.

"The Little Rover that Could".

Well, since Spirit is still operating on the other side of the planet as well, you need to make that plural!

OldTownChief
10-06-2006, 04:34 PM
How come the Martians haven't ate em yet?

Scorp
10-06-2006, 05:29 PM
Martians have halloween?

Gaz
10-06-2006, 08:47 PM
Wow.

Just…wow.

xoxo~
Gaz
Boggled again.

Halfcan
10-06-2006, 09:25 PM
Cool shit man.

HemiEd
10-06-2006, 10:20 PM
Martians have halloween?
LMAO ROFL

Bill Parcells
10-06-2006, 10:51 PM
Martians have halloween?
Oh Shit!!!!!!!!!!! :LOL: