The Most Amazing Mars Images from 11 Years of the Opportunity Rover

Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 2:41PM
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Tuesday, 13 January 2015 - 2:41PM
The Most Amazing Mars Images from 11 Years of the Opportunity Rover

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover first touched down on the Red Planet on January 25, 2004. In that time it has made a multitude of groundbreaking discoveries, finding the first extraterrestrial meteorite, exploring newfound craters, and setting the world record for greatest distance traveled by an "off-world" rover. With the rover's eleventh anniversary quickly approaching, we celebrate by sharing the seventeen most beautiful pictures of our red neighbor:

 

The most recent view of the Red Planet, Opportunity took this photo of the Martian landscape while perched on the rim of the Endeavor Crater:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Hematite-rich spherules, or "blueberries," that are embedded in the Martian rock and released over time due to erosion: 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Shadowy self-portrait of Opportunity at the edge of Endurance Crater:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

At Endeavor Crater:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Image taken of Rover tracks while Opportunity was stuck in the sand ripple "Purgatory" for over a month:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Opportunity's tracks after driving uphill 139 feet, ascending Murray Ridge above Solander Point on the western rim of Endeavor Crater:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

360 degree panorama of Opportunity's tracks: 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

The Endeavor Crater from the southern end of Murray Ridge:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Botany Bay on the way to Solander Point: 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

360-degree depiction of surroundings on 3,000th Martian day, or sol, on July 2, 2012: 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

The Odyssey Crater: 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

The heat shield impact site of Opportunity:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

An iron meteorite on Mars, now known as Heat Shield Rock, the first meteorite ever identified on another planet:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

 

Victoria Crater from Cape Verde:

Opportunity

[Credit: NASA]

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