Meridiani Planum Classic
Mars Rover, 'Opportunity' at Meridiani Planum
After an interplanetary journey of nearly 300 million miles, Opportunity bounced down on the martian surface at about 9:05 pm PST Saturday, its final plunge cushioned by airbags.
First Color Picture from Mars Rover 'Opportunity'.
Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, JPL, NASA
Explanation: Described as unlike anything ever seen before on Mars, the first stunning color view from Opportunity shows something unbelievable ... the first-ever eXtreme croquet course on Mars !!!
Part of the rover's deck is in the foreground while circular impressions and drag marks made by the airbags are visible just beyond it.
26 January 2004
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