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NASA Orbiter Spies Mars Rover at Victoria Crater

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NASA Orbiter Spies Mars Rover at Victoria Crater
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This image is a close-up of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity at Victoria Crater as seen by the HiRISE camera aboard the space agency's powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

6 October 2006

NASA’s newest Mars orbiter has spied the plucky rover Opportunity perched at the rim of the red planet’s massive Victoria Crater as both vehicles explore the fourth planet from the Sun.

Appearing almost as a shiny boulder, Opportunity’s lumpy outline and its camera mast shadow can easily be seen in a high-resolution image of Victoria Crater taken by NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) and released by the space agency on Friday.

“It is so good to see that rover again,” said Steve Squyres, the lead Mars Exploration Rover scientist from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, during a press briefing. “I’ve got to say that image with that little rover 200 million miles away, parked at the top of that cliff, that’s just one of the most evocative images I’ve ever seen in the planetary program…it’s just beautiful.”

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