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
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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

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Opportunity

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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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