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Press Release Images: Opportunity
30-Mar-2005
 
Opportunity Traverse Map
Opportunity's Traverse from Landing Through Sol 413

As of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 413th martian day, or sol, (March 23, 2005), the robot had driven a total of 4.62 kilometers (2.87 miles) since landing. The rover has been making rapid progress southward since it finished examining its jettisoned heat shield on sol 357 (Jan. 24, 2005, one year after landing). Scientists are eager for Opportunity to reach an area to the south called the "Etched Terrain," which appears mottled in the map's base images and might offer access to different layers of bedrock than what the rover has seen so far. This traverse map is overlaid on a mosaic of images from NASA's Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey orbiters and from Opportunity's descent camera. The scale bar at lower left is 2 kilometers (1.24 miles) long.

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Opportunity Traverse Route
Base Image for Opportunity Traverse Map

As of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 413th martian day, or sol, (March 23, 2005), the robot had driven a total of 4.62 kilometers (2.87 miles) since landing. The red line on this image traces the rover's route. The base image is a mosaic combining images from the Mars Observer Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor orbiter, the Thermal Emission Imaging System on NASA's Mars Odyssey orbiter, and Opportunity's own Descent Image Motion Estimation System.

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Opportunity Progress Map
Opportunity's Fast Progress Southward, Sol 414

As of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's 414th martian day, or sol, (March 24, 2005), the robot had driven a total of 4.81 kilometers (2.99 miles) since landing. This map shows the portion of rover's route after Opportunity finished examining its jettisoned heat shield on sol 357 (Jan. 24, 2005). In this two-month period, Opportunity drove 2.69 kilometers (1.67 miles). As landmarks along the route, it used craters that the rover team informally named for ships of historic voyages of exploration. Scientists are eager for Opportunity to reach an area farther south called the "Etched Terrain," which appears mottled in the map's base images and might offer access to different layers of bedrock than what the rover has seen so far. This traverse map is overlaid on a mosaic of images from the Mars Global Surveyor and Mars Odyssey orbiters and from Opportunity's descent camera. The scale bar at lower left is 1 kilometer (0.62 mile) long.

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