Image: Mars Rover Sees Distant Crater Rims on Horizon

May 03, 2010
This image shows an outcrop of rocks at the foot of the rover and beyond these rocks rippled dunes, which are about 20 centimeters (8 inches) tall. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

(PhysOrg.com) -- NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured a new view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover's destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape.

A portion of the rim about 13 kilometers (8 miles) away appears on the horizon at the left edge of the image, along with the rim of an even more distant crater, Iazu, on the right.

Endeavour is 21 kilometers (13 miles) in diameter, about 25 times wider than Victoria crater, the last major crater Opportunity visited. Opportunity began a marathon from Victoria to in September 2008 after spending two years exploring Victoria.

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera (Pancam) to capture this view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover's destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University


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mikehevans
4.8 / 5 (5) May 03, 2010
Whoever built those Mars rovers should be building cars. They have lasted so much longer than their expected life-span that, if they were cars, they would be Model T's.
MeLikesToThink
not rated yet May 03, 2010
That's funny, but so dang true!
Chef
5 / 5 (2) May 03, 2010
I so believe that if we ever make it to Mars (manned mission), we need to bring our rovers home and hold a celebration in their honor, ticker tape parade and all.
GaryB
not rated yet May 04, 2010
I told my kid about the heroic Mars rovers and she cried about us just leaving them there all alone.
probes
1 / 5 (1) May 04, 2010
Maybe we should send them VASIMR engines. Then we could get them home, within 39 days!!!