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Ground-Level View of Mars

July 16, 2012
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The NASA Explorer rover named Opportunity has been taking pictures on Mars for the last eight years.  Opportunity has taken more then 817 pictures of the planet and has now released a large panoramic image of the surface of Mars.

In the image, Opportunity’s solar panels at the left and right bottom are covered with dust from the landing in January 2004.

The center of the image shows areas in northern Mars. Opp0rtunity’s tracks are clearly visible, including a turn in place. The tracks show darker soils under the thin, bright dust cover.

Caltech’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the rover.

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