Revisiting Victoria

Victoria Crater from MRO
Victoria Crater from MRO

The Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured this image of Victoria Crater on July 18, 2009, with the onboard HiRISE high-definition camera.

Victoria Crater was the site of the Opportunity rover’s 2006-2007 investigation. Craters like these are great targets for the rover team because the exposed rock along their edges offers valuable information about Mars’ geologic history.

Opportunity is currently heading across the Meridiani Plains toward its next target: the crater Endeavour. At nearly 14 miles wide it dwarfs the half-mile-wide Victoria Crater, and will offer even better views of exposed Martian rock layers once the rover completes its slow but steady 2-year-long trek across the dunes. (Plus or minus some extra time spent checking out the odd meteorite or two!)

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona