A Close-Up on Oileán Ruaidh

Here’s a processed image of Opportunity’s latest point-of-interest, the toaster-sized iron meteorite Oileán Ruidh (Gaelic for “Red Island”, pronounced “ay-lan ru-ah”) by Stuart Atkinson.  This pitted, metallic chunk of rock is the subject of the rover’s most recent side trip on its way to Endeavour crater, whose mountainous rim is now well within sight across the dune-filled Meridiani Plains.

It’s a beautiful, bizarre slab of contorted and twisted, tattered and torn metal that is a genuine Martian treasure. I’m so glad Oppy spotted it – and even more glad that her drivers and science team chose to go take a closer look.

– Stuart Atkinson

Check out the full post on Stu’s site at The Road To Endeavour.