Opportunity Approaches the Bowl of Beagle Crater (True Color)
August 9, 2006
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this approximate true-color image of Beagle Crater from a distance of about 25 meters (82 feet). The crater is thought to be relatively young based on its prominent, raised rim and surrounding ejecta that have not been eroded away or buried by sand. The image also shows a portion of the eastern interior rim of Beagle Crater, which appears composed of jumbled, angular blocks of brighter and darker outcrop rocks. The rover will drive to the rim of the crater and acquire an extensive color panorama in the coming sols.
Topics: Mars, Planetary science, Space exploration, Disaster Accident, Environment, Beagle Crater, Erebus, RIM, Beagle, Opportunity rover, Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle, Mars Exploration Rover, Eagle, Victoria