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May 24, 2008

Mars Photo Album - Victoria Crater

Posted: 06:48 PM ET

This is Victoria Crater – one of the places Opportunity spent so much time exploring.

Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech

In this big image taken from orbit you can see the plucky rover – if you take the – er – opportunity to check out this legend, you should be able to find it.   

The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment on MRO - or Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter - is able to resolve objects as small as three feet across. 

These pictures helped the rover team decide whether a safe path existed for the rover to enter the 2 and a half mile wide crater.

– Correspondent Miles O’Brien, CNN Science & Technology

Join Miles this Sunday at 7pm Eastern for an hour-long special on the next Mars landing.  The Phoenix Mars lander is scheduled to touch down on the Martian surface during the hour.  Miles will be LIVE from mission control at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California.  His guest for the hour is Steve Squyres, lead scientist on the Mars Rovers.


Filed under: Mars • NASA • Space

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lee   May 24th, 2008 11:18 pm ET

so did a safe path exist for the rover to enter the two and a half mile wide crater?

RFH   May 25th, 2008 3:03 pm ET

The crater picture instantiates an interesting visual effect. Depending on whether the illumination source is at the "northwest" or "southeast", the feature can be alternatively seen as concave or convex.

I'll take NASA's word for it being a crater, but at first sight it looks like a giant wart. 🙂


denny eddy   May 25th, 2008 10:47 pm ET

i think its smooth landing thats what nasa had in mind..keep up the good work spaceman

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