COSMIC SECRETS
The Enigmas on Mars 49
 Opportunity's Wheels
PIA06317 :: Sol 123
Endurance Crater
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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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Opportunity Inside 'Endurance Crater' (Simulated)

This synthetic image of NASA's Opportunity Mars Exploration Rover inside Endurance Crater was produced using "Virtual Presence in Space" technology. Developed at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., this technology combines visualization and image-processing tools with Hollywood-style special effects. The image was created using a photorealistic model of the rover and a false-color mosaic taken on sol 134 (June 9, 2004) by Opportunity's panoramic camera with the 750-, 530- and 430-nanometer filters. See PIA06317 . The size of the rover in the image is approximately correct and was based on the size of other features in the image.

Because this synthesis provides viewers with a sense of their own "virtual presence" (as if they were there themselves), such views can be useful to mission teams by enhancing perspective and a sense of scale.
credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell.

Image Note: Rover model by Dan Maas, synthetic image by Zareh Gorjian, Koji Kuramura, Mike Stetson and Eric M. De Jong.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell


Opportunity Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater 
Sol 953
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Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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Superimposed Rover on Rim of Victoria Crater

This image superimposes an artist's concept of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity on the rim of Victoria Crater. It is done to give a sense of scale.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

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