Martian species: a panoramic picture of Victoria Crater


28/01/2008

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

The main part of the crater begins at the top right of the panoramic image. The outermost portion of the crater is about 800 meters away. On the side portions of "Duck Bay" shows two tabs located on both sides of the slopes of the crater. Left ledge, called "Cape Verde", a length of about 6 meters, right ("Cabo Frio") - about 15 meters. The rest of the picture - the territory of the most "Duck Bay."

The main objectives of the rover Opportunyty over the last months of 2007 were rocky formations located on the inside lane of the crater at a distance of about six feet from the edge. These places are clearly visible in the foreground panorama. The team of scientists working with the rover, immediately gave the name of the three parts of the study of the band: "Steno," "Smith" and "Lyell" ("Steno", "Smith" and "Lyell").

This panoramic picture (you can download here, full size - about 26 megabytes) is a combination of a plurality of images obtained by the panoramic camera (Pancam) on the rover during the period 1379 to 1379 on the Martian day (Sol - solar day on Mars - is 24 hours 39 minutes) from 23 October to 23 December 2007.

Pictures were taken by using a panoramic camera filter, transmissive to light 753 -, 535 - and 432-nm range. The result of such a multispectral image capture allows you to get sufficient contrast for deeper analysis of parts. Some visible areas of dark and light colors - the result of combining frames, the quality of which has been reduced by Martian dust on the front sapphire window, the camera rover. Want to be the first to know about the most important - free news ticker, be the first.

Original: Science.nasa.gov


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