Early Birthday Present from Opportunity

The Opportunity rover will be celebrating its 5th birthday on Mars later this month, but as an early treat a shiny new panorama was just released. This panorama was taken in late November while the sun was between Mars and the Earth, cutting off communications. It shows the beautiful layered bedrock and undulating ripples that Opportunity is studying on its way to the giant crater Endeavor.

Click the images below for full-res versions. The top is approximate true color, the bottom is a false color composite that brings out a lot of the details. (Note: if you get a “broken” image icon and an error, it’s probably because the image is too large for your browser to display. In that case, download the file by right clicking and selecting “Save link as…” and then open the picture on your computer.)

NASA/JPL/Cornell
NASA/JPL/Cornell

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5 Comments on “Early Birthday Present from Opportunity”


  1. Beautiful. Just beautiful.

  2. jc1455 Says:

    Is the link broken. I get an “broken image” icon when I click on the picture.

  3. Ryan Says:

    Oops, you’re probably getting that error because the image is too large to be displayed in your browser. If you right click and choose “Save Link As…” or the equivalent for your browser, you should be able to open the file with an image editor.


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  5. Cooker Hoods Says:

    when i was a kid, i love to receive an assortment of birthday presents like teddy bears and mechanical toys ~”~


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