Mars Rover Opportunity reaches new milestone on Mars

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    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/missi...ml#opportunity

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    Very cool view! It looks to me like they should be able to drive inside the crater should they choose too.

    edit: Just to give an idea of scale, the other side of the crater is nearly half a mile away, so I think those nearby "cliffs" are a lot bigger than they look in this image.

    In other Mars news, the Mars Reconissance Orbiter is supposed to be taking it's first close up images with its high res camera today, so hopefully we'll see some of those coming out in the next day or two!

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    Holy crap! Those two rovers have been exploring Mars for almost THREE YEARS!!! That's an incredible engineering feat!
     
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    In other really exciting Mars news (and maybe this should get its own thread?), the MRO has started sending back images from its HiRISE high resolution camera.
    http://hiroc.lpl.arizona.edu/images/...A_000823_1720/
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    This is a half size image, the full one is at the link. The HiRISE camera has a resolution in this image of about 12 inches per pixel. The black spots in the upper right are actually individual rocks as small as 3 feet across!
    Hopefully we'll see some of the crater that Opportunity is at soon!

    Brian
     

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