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Press Release Images: Opportunity
05-Sep-2007
 
The first image, labeled 'Before,' shows instruments at the end of the rover's robotic arm coated with dust and tiny clods of dust; the second image, labeled 'After,' shows the same metal surfaces swept clean. Both images are superimposed on a color view of the north rim of Victoria Crater.
Dust Busting on Mars

Mars doesn't have a power grid for running a vacuum cleaner, but the red planet has a way of sweeping things clean. Recently, the Martian wind tidied up a mess on Opportunity's robotic arm, which had become caked with dirt during recent dust storms. Extending that newly cleaned arm may bring new discoveries soon. With spic-and-span solar panels boosting solar power, Opportunity may have enough vitality to venture into Victoria Crater, the largest yet explored by either rover.

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