Sailing a Dune Sea

The Dunes of Meridiani Plain
The Dunes of Meridiani Plain

Opportunity’s tracks roll away over the crests of windswept dunes in this image, combined from two photos taken on February 13, 2009 (mission day – “Sol” – 1791).

The original images were greyscale. I edited them to somewhat resemble true color. (Click the image for a full-size version.)

Opportunity is currently traveling across the Meridiani Planum region of Mars, now south of its extensive exploration of Victoria Crater. Opportunity and her sister rover, Spirit, are examining the mineral composition of Mars’ soil and rocks in two different locations to investigate the existence of past water. Originally planned for a three-month mission, both rovers have far exceeded their initial goals and have now been faithfully returning invaluable data for over five years…not the least of which are fantastic photos like the ones that made up the image above. Let’s hope they continue their work for many years to come.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/J.Major

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