At the rim of Erebus Crater
Nov 23 to Dec. 5, 2005
This is the Opportunity panoramic camera's "Erebus Rim"
panorama, acquired on sols 652 to 663 (Nov. 23 to Dec. 5, 2005 ), as
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was exploring sand dunes and
outcrop rocks in Meridiani Planum. The panorama originally consisted of
635 separate images in 4 different Pancam filters, and covers 360
degrees of terrain around the rover and the full rover deck. Since the
time that this panorama was acquired, and while engineers have been
diagnosing and testing Opportunity's robotic arm, the panorama has been
expanded to include more than 1,300 images of this terrain through all
of the Pancam multispectral filters. It is the largest panorama acquired
by either rover during the mission.
The panorama shown here is an approximate true-color rendering using
Pancam's 750 nanometer, 530 nanometer and 430 nanometer filters. It is
presented here as a cylindrical projection. Image-to-image seams have
been eliminated from the sky portion of the mosaic to better simulate
the vista a person standing on Mars would see.
This panorama provides the team's highest resolution view yet of the
finely-layered outcrop rocks, wind ripples, and small cobbles and grains
along the rim of the wide but shallow "Erebus" crater. Once
the arm diagnostics and testing are completed, the team hopes to explore
other layered outcrop rocks at Erebus and then eventually continue
southward toward the large crater known as "Victoria."
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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