|On January 25 (UT) 2004, the Opportunity rover fell to Mars, making today the
9th anniversary of
After more than 3,200 sols
(Mars solar days)
the golf cart-sized robot from Earth is still
the Red Planet, though its original mission plan was for
Having driven some 35 kilometers (22 miles) from its landing site, Opportunity's
panoramic camera recorded the segments of this scene,
in November and December of last year.
The digitally stitched panorama
spans more than 210 degrees across the
Matijevic Hill area
along the western rim of Endeavour Crater.
Features dubbed Copper Cliff, a dark outcrop, appear at the left, and
Whitewater Lake, a bright outcrop, at the far right.
The image is presented here in a natural color approximation of what the scene
would look like to human eyes.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State U.