Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty

Headshot of Emily Lakdawalla

Wheel tracks

Posted by Emily Lakdawalla

18-10-2007 16:07 CDT

Topics: pretty pictures, Opportunity, amateur image processing, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars

The Mars Exploration Rovers have left wheel tracks all over their landing sites, but for some reason this pair of wheel tracks, left in the sand ripple on the rim of Victoria crater and now viewed from below, tickled my fancy. Thanks to James Canvin for the lovely panorama. Rover panoramas -- especially Opportunity's -- now have a softened, atmospheric quality because of the dust that has been deposited on their camera windows. It's kind of pretty but I'll bet it's driving the scientists bonkers.

Opportunity looks upward to 'Paolo's Plunge'

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / James Canvin

Opportunity looks upward to 'Paolo's Plunge'
On sol 1299, Opportunity looked backward up the slope of "Paolo's Plunge" to the sand ripple that marks the rim of Victoria crater. Opportunity's entry into the crater dug two tracks into the sand ripple.
See other posts from October 2007


Or read more blog entries about: pretty pictures, Opportunity, amateur image processing, Mars Exploration Rovers, Mars


Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Blog Search


Advocate for Space!

Fifteen years ago, Society members and passionate space advocates like you helped save the Pluto mission. Now we can do the same for missions to Europa and Mars.

Join over 27,600 people who have completed their petition and consider a donation to support advocacy efforts.

Sign Our Petition

Featured Images

The Magnificent Neptunian System
Pluto's blue skies
51 Eridani b
51 Eridani b (artist's conception)
More Images

Featured Video

A Perfect, Clear Day: LightSail's Launch

Watch Now

Fly to an Asteroid!

Send your name and message on Hayabusa-2.

Send your name

Selfies to Space!

Take flight with a selfie on LightSail™ in 2016!

Send a Selfie Now

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!