Seeing Red at Guadalupe
March 6, 2004
This image from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera shows the results of the second drilling by the rock abrasion tool, located on the rover's instrument deployment device, or arm. The drilling took place on a target called Guadalupe within the El Capitan region of the Meridiani Planum, Mars, rock outcrop. As with the first rock abrasion tool target called McKittrick, the grinding process at Guadalupe has generated a significant amount of fine-grained, reddish dust. Color and spectral properties of the dust show that it may contain some fine-grained crystalline red hematite. This image is an enhanced color composite generated from three different panoramic camera filters.
Topics: Environment, Mars Exploration Rover, Mars, Space exploration, instrument deployment device, Rock Abrasion Tool, El Capitan, Scientific information from the Mars Exploration Rover mission, Opportunity rover, Meridiani Planum, Hematite, Eagle, Spacecraft