Hard to believe the rover Opportunity has been on Mars for 11 years. Just amazing is what it is, especially since the original mission was to last three months.
This image is from the Left NavCam on the Mars rover Curiosity on 22 December 2014. Sol 845 and there is some Martian dust on the rover, seems not as much as I would have thought.
The layering of the rock is just amazing.
Get a full sized version of the image at JPL’s Curiosity web page.
NOW I am a believer. Ok, so I was before, but this is so cool!
The only problem now is just a zillion more new and old questions, for example: How much, when, where did it go, how long was it there where did it go etc.
And the big one of course: was there life associated with the water and all the rest.
Here is the caption from NASA for the image:
This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.
The scene combines multiple frames taken with Mastcam’s right-eye camera on Aug. 7, 2014, during the 712th Martian day, or sol, of Curiosity’s work on Mars. It shows an outcrop at the edge of “Hidden Valley,” seen from the valley floor. This view spans about 5 feet (1.5 meters) across in the foreground. The color has been approximately white-balanced to resemble how the scene would appear under daytime lighting conditions on Earth. Figure A is a version with a superimposed scale bar of 50 centimeters (about 20 inches).
This is an example of a thick-laminated, evenly-stratified rock type that forms stratigraphically beneath cross-bedded sandstones regarded as ancient river deposits. These rocks are interpreted to record sedimentation in a lake, as part of or in front of a delta, where plumes of river sediment settled out of the water column and onto the lake floor.
An image from Curiosity’s Mastcam (left cam) showing surface texture on Mars. A thin coating of dust is starting to accumulate on Curiosity, but so far it looks pretty good. I am not sure of the image scale.
The image was taken on 23 November 2014 in the Mount Sharp area where it has been driving around taking a look for good sites to examine.
Second Time Through, Mars Rover Examines Chosen Rocks.
This is the (annotated) view of comet C/2013 A1 Siding Spring from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity about two-and-a-half hours before the close encounter with Mars.
You will notice some cosmic ray hits are labeled. Very common artifact as anyone who dabbles even a little in astrophotography will attest. This image has been processed to remove detector artifacts and a slight twilight glow. The processing was very well done, sometimes the processing is half the fun.
You can see more images, including a blink between two frames from Opportunity. Do have a look.
Here’s a look at Widowiak Ridge on Mars from the rover Opportunity on sol 3,786! The color approximates natural color on Mars.
The ridge is on the western rim of Endeavour crater, this look is about 70 compass degrees from north-northwest on the left to east-northeast on the right. Widowiak Ridge rises about 12 meters / 40 feet and runs about 150 meters / 500 feet. The view of the area from above.
The name Widowiak is an informal name given to the feature given as a tribute to Opportunity science team member Thomas J. Wdowiak (1939-2013). Informal? Perhaps an exception to the naming convention is in order.
If you have a pair of 3D glasses (Red on left eye, Blue on right eye) there is a really nice 3D image on a companion image.
Another view in false color is located here, no 3D but if you have the glasses take a look anyway. I quite liked it.
It’s been a while since I posted a Curiosity update. The rover has reached Mt. Sharp and has conducted a drill sample and will be analyzing it very shortly.
An update on the activity of the Curiosity Rover hosted by Curiosity Rover Mission Scientist Katie Stack.
A picture of the Martian landscape but not from Curiosity. This is the the Navcam view from Opportunity.
Yes, Opportunity is still doing science on Mars after 3,749 Martian days when this image was taken (10 August 2014).