Oppy is MRO’s Valentine!
As seen from MRO’s HiRISE camera, the Opportunity MER rover sits on the Murray Ridge on Endeavor Crater.
This was part of the investigation of the “jelly donut” rock, as it could have been thrown by a fresh impact. Since the MRO image shows no fresh impact, that was eliminated as a possibility.
(Also, the investigation of the far likelier scenario, Oppy’s wheel breaking a chunk off a rock point, and then “throwing” it, found pretty conclusive evidence that, in fact, that’s what happened.)
PIA17941: Opportunity Rover on ‘Murray Ridge’ Seen From Orbit
NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter caught this view of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on Feb. 14, 2014. The red arrow points to Opportunity at the center of the image. Blue arrows point to tracks left by the rover in October 2013.
HiRISE is one of six instruments on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The University of Arizona, Tucson, operates HiRISE, which was built by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Opportunity for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington.
For more information about Opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/rovers and http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona
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