Meanwhile, back on Mars…

Black Cat Rock
Dark rock in "San Antonio" craters

Opportunity has recently moved away from its latest distraction: a pair of ancient craters in the dust dunes of the Meridiani Plains dubbed “San Antonio”. The rover didn’t stay long though…a couple of days, just enough to take a few photos of the soft-edged, sandy craters. It has since struck out south again over the rolling, rippling dunes towards its ultimate goal: the crater Endeavour.

The image above is from The Road to Endeavour,  Stuart Atkinson’s site dedicated to Opportunity’s trek across the dunes. He posted this image on April 6, and I liked its composition a lot. Below is a colorized panorama Stuart assembled of the area around San Antonio too…also very nice.

Twin Craters Panorama by Stuart Atkinson

Great images Stu! Keep up the good work. (See lots more on his post here.) Here’s to Oppy, may she run forever!

Image credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Stuart Atkinson

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  1. Lauri says:

    How thrilling to be able to “explore” the Martian landscape with “Oppy”! She’s doing a great job!


    1. J. Major says:

      Yeah she’s doing great after all these years. Not bad for a rover with a 90-day initial mission schedule! Six and a half years later….


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