Mars Rover Surveys Ruddy Crater Rim: Big Pic
This vista of the Endeavour Crater rim was acquired by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity from the southern end of "Murray Ridge" on the western rim of the crater. It combines several exposures taken by the rover's panoramic camera (Pancam) on the 3,637th Martian day, or sol, of the mission (April 18, 2014). NASA/JPL-Caltech
As NASA's Mars rover Opportunity continues to explore the red planet over a decade since landing, it continues to return stunning imagery from Meridiani Planum, a plain near the Martian equator.
Opportunity has been exploring the rim of Endeavour Crater -- a 14 mile (22 kilometer) wide impact crater in Meridiani Planum -- since 2011, providing us with an unprecedented insight to Mars' ancient geological history. The rover is currently located at "Murray Ridge" overlooking Endeavour's basin. The hill to the right of the shot is dubbed "Cape Tribulation" by the Mars Exploration Rover (MER) team and is located approximately 1.2 miles (2 kilometers) to the south of Opportunity.
This panorama was acquired by Opportunity's mast-mounted Pancam instrument on sol 3,637 of its mission (April 18, 2014). A sol is a Martian day. When the image was captured a ruddy dusty haze hung in the air, obscuring the horizon.