Mars Rover Sets Endurance Record: Photos From Opportunity's 6 Years On-Planet

By Andrew Moseman | May 21, 2010 1:24 pm
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LeavingEagleCrater

2004: Eagle Crater

Everyone remember where we parked.

The Opportunity rover landed in Eagle Crater on January 25 2004. The area is rich in hematite, which is of particular interest to the project scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory because here on Earth, it forms in the presence of liquid water.

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  • Captain Slog

    The tracks in the above photo appear to be made in DAMP Sand. There doesn’t seem to be any coment on that.
    Anyone who’s moved a wheeled trolley, bike, whateveer, over damp sand or soil, may recall that the sand, or soil, sticks to the treads and falls off as the wheels pass over. In this case, it could perhaps be surface moisture. Its hard to say without actually being there.
    Perhaps our friends on Lunar Farside can help us with this mystery.

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