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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Opportunity Deck Pan, December 2011 (sols 2811-2814)

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Opportunity Deck Pan, December 2011 (sols 2811-2814) Opportunity used its Pancam to take the images combined into this mosaic view of the rover. The downward-looking view omits the mast on which the camera is mounted. Heading into its fifth Martian winter, Opportunity's solar panels were dustier than ever, requiring the team to choose an area of high northward tilt to increase power.

NASA / JPL / Cornell

This mosaic was taken days before settling into the winter haven position, which was informally called Greeley Haven, in memory of planetary geologist Ronald Greeley (1939-2011). Greeley Haven sits near the Northern edge of Cape York, on the rim of 22-km-wide Endeavour Crater. The images were taken through the camera's red, green, and blue filters over Sols 2811 - 2814 (December 20 and 24, 2011).

Original image data dated on or about December 20, 2011

 

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