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This black-and-white orbital view shows a large, roundish crater with very jagged edges. Just below the rim in some places can be seen bands, or layers, of rock. Below those, sand-covered slopes descend radially inward toward a large field of dunes at the bottom of the crater, in the middle of the image. Around the crater, a flat, sandy plain dotted with tiny craters here and there extends outward in all directions. Promontories, or outlooks, are nicknamed 'capes' and the coves between them are nicknamed 'bays.' In clockwise order, on the upper left rim of the crater, are the names 'Cabo Frio,' 'Duck Bay,' 'Cape Verde,' 'Cape St. Mary,' 'Bottomless Bay,' 'Cabo Anonimo,' 'Bay of Toil,' and 'Cape Desire.' Above the rim are labels for the days and places where the Opportunity rover stopped and took images, starting with Sol 951 and ending with Sol 1061.
Satellite View of Opportunity's Journey around "Victoria Crater"

Three years after embarking on a historic exploration of the red planet and six miles away from its landing site, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is traversing "Victoria Crater" ridge by ridge, peering at layered cliffs in the interior. To identify various alcoves and cliffs along the way, science team members are using names of places visited by the 16th-century Earth explorer Ferdinand Magellan and his crew aboard the ship Victoria, who proved the Earth is round. (All names are unofficial unless approved by the International Astronomical Union.) This orbital view of "Victoria Crater" was taken by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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