On January 25 (UT) 2004, the Opportunity rover fell to Mars, making
After more than 3,500 sols
(Mars solar days)
the golf cart-sized robot from Earth is still actively
the Red Planet, though its original mission plan was for
This self-portrait was made
with Opportunity's panoramic camera earlier
The camera's supporting mast has been edited out of the image
mosaic but its shadow is visible on the
solar panels arrayed across the rover's deck.
For comparison, a similar
self-portrait from late 2004
is shown in the inset.
Having driven some 39 kilometers (24 miles) from its landing site,
Opportunity now rests
at Solander Point at the rim of Endeavour Crater.
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State U.