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Opportunity Sees Distant Crater Rims On Mars Horizon

May 4, 2010

NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has captured a new view of the rim of Endeavour crater, the rover’s destination in a multi-year traverse along the sandy Martian landscape. A portion of the rim about 13 kilometers (8 miles) away appears on the horizon at the left edge of the image, along with the rim of an even more distant crater, Iazu, on the right.

Endeavour is 21 kilometers (13 miles) in diameter, about 25 times wider than Victoria crater, the last major crater Opportunity visited. Opportunity began a marathon from Victoria to Endeavour in September 2008 after spending two years exploring Victoria.

Image Caption: This image shows an outcrop of rocks at the foot of the rover and beyond these rocks rippled dunes, which are about 20 centimeters (8 inches) tall. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

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