Opportunity Escape Plan
October 19, 2004
This labeled image from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the potential plan for Opportunity's exit from Endurance Crater. Opportunity may attempt to leave Endurance via the route marked as the escape hatch, if scientists and engineers consider it safe after taking a closer look. Before leaving, however, scientists plan to investigate the rock to the right dubbed Wopmay, measuring 1 meter (3.3 feet) across, as well as other rocks near Burns Cliff. Scientists are interested in Wopmay because its unusual texture is unlike any others observed so far at Meridiani Planum. Once out of the crater, Opportunity may head to the heat shield, indicated on the left. This image was taken on the rover's 249th martian day, or sol (Sept. 14, 2004). This is an approximate true-color composite generated from the panoramic camera's 750-, 530-, and 430-nanometer filters.
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