Martian Species: A Panoramic Picture of Victoria Crater

For four months, Opportunity, Mars Rover NASA, conducted research on rock surfaces in the so-called "Duck Bay" ("Duck Bay") – the western part of Victoria Crater (Victoria Crater).

For four months, Opportunity, Mars Rover NASA, conducted research on rock surfaces in the so-called “Duck Bay” (”Duck Bay”) – the western part of Victoria Crater (Victoria Crater).

The main part of the crater begins at the top right of the panoramic image. The longest section of the crater is approximately 800 meters. On the lateral parts of “Duck Bay” shows the two tabs located on both sides of the slopes of the crater. The left ledge, known as “Cape Verde”, a length of about 6 meters, right (”Cabo Frio”) – about 15 meters. The rest of the picture – the territory of the “Duck Bay.”

The main goals of the rover Opportunyty over the last months of 2007 were rock layers that are located in the inner zone of the crater at a distance of about six feet from the edge. These areas are clearly visible in the foreground panorama. A team of scientists working with the rover, at once gave the name of the three parts of the investigated band: “Steno,” “Smith” and “Lyell” (”Steno”, “Smith” and “Lyell”).

This panoramic shot (click here to download full size – about 26 MB) is a combination of multiple images acquired by the panoramic camera (Pancam) rover during the period from 1379 to 1379 Martian day (Sol – solar day on Mars – is 24 hours 39 minutes) from 23 October to 23 December 2007.

The pictures were made using panoramic camera filters, transmitting light in the 753 -, 535 – and 432-nanometer range. The result of this survey spectrozonal gives sufficient image contrast, for in-depth analysis components. Some parts of the visible light and dark tones – the result of combining frames, the quality of which was reduced by Martian dust on the front sapphire window, the camera rover.

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