Seeking Shelter

Opportunity's new find
Opportunity's new find

The exploration rover Opportunity has identified what seems to be another ferrous extraplanetary visitor resting on the sands of Meridiani Plains.

The 19-inch-long meteorite, shown here, has been dubbed “Shelter Island” by the MER team. Opportunity’s tire tracks are visible in the upper left.

Opportunity spent six weeks in September and October investigating “Block Island”, a similar, larger meteorite located about 2,300 feet away.

This is a false-color raw image taken on October 11, 2009, and has not been calibrated. View the official press release here.

Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

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