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Press Release Images: Opportunity
19-Feb-2004
Opportunity Examines Trench As Spirit Prepares To Dig One
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Grooving in Trenchtown (computer animation)
Grooving in Trenchtown (computer animation)

This image is a screenshot from a computer-generated animation showing the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's arm exploring the trench dug by one of its wheels. The rover's arm, or instrument deployment device, holds a suite of scientific instruments designed to examine rocks and soil for signs of past water on Mars. One of these instruments, the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer, is shown here investigating the trench. The movie was generated from data taken by the rover's onboard sensors.

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Tiny Pebbles
Tiny Pebbles

This image taken by the microscopic imager instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's instrument deployment device, or "arm," shows the crater floor at Meridiani Planum, Mars, before the rover dug a trench on sol 23 (February 16, 2004). Grains of soil on the floor appear sand-sized with millimeter-sized pebbles on top. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across.

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Taking a Deeper Look
Taking a Deeper Look

This image taken by the navigation camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the crater floor at Meridiani Planum, Mars, after the rover dug a trench on sol 23 (February 16, 2004). Scientists used the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the rover's instrument deployment device, or "arm," to take a picture of the small patch of soil in the center of the trench wall. Here, that microscopic image has been overlaid to show where that patch of soil, which measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across, is located.

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The Mystery of the Sparkling Spheres
The Mystery of the Sparkling Spheres

This image, taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or "arm," reveals shiny, spherical objects embedded within the trench wall at Meridiani Planum, Mars. Scientists are highly intrigued by these objects and may further investigate them. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across.

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Moessbauer Nose Print
Moessbauer Nose Print

This image was taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or "arm." The image shows the imprint of the donut-shaped plate on the rover's Moessbauer spectrometer instrument, also located on the "arm." The Moessbauer spectrometer was deployed within the trench to investigate the fine-grained soil for iron-bearing minerals. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across.

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El Capitan or Bust
El Capitan or Bust

This image mosaic taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera highlights the rover's next target - a collection of rocks within the larger outcrop nicknamed "El Capitan." "El Capitan" is located at the top of the outcrop, a bit right of center. Opportunity will travel after it finishes exploring the trench dug by with one of its wheels.

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'Stucco' Walls-2
'Stucco' Walls-2

This image, taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or "arm," shows the partial "clodding" or cementation of the sand-sized grains within the trench wall. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across and makes up half of the projected "Stucco Walls" image.

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'Stucco' Walls-3
'Stucco' Walls-3

This image, taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or "arm," shows the partial "clodding" or cementation of the sand-sized grains within the trench wall. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across and makes up half of the projected "Stucco Walls" image.

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'Stucco' Walls
'Stucco' Walls

This projected mosaic image, taken by the microscopic imager, an instrument located on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity 's instrument deployment device, or "arm," shows the partial clotting or cement-like properties of the sand-sized grains within the trench wall. The area in this image measures approximately 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) wide and 5 centimeters (2 inches) tall.(This image also appears as an inset on a separate image from the rover's navigation camera, showing the location of this particular spot within the trench wall.)

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