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Sean MacÚisdin
A west coaster writing from the rough side of the frontier
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Opportunity Mars Rover Preparing for Active Winter

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is conducting a "walkabout" survey of "Marathon Valley," where the rover's operators plan to use the vehicle through the upcoming Martian winter, and beyond, to study the context for outcrops bearing clay minerals. The rover's panoramic camera has captured a scene dominated by a summit called "Hinners Point," forming part of the valley's northern edge. The image also shows a portion of the valley floor with swirling reddish zones that have been a target for study.

Full story here:
http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=4721

The upper image is an approximate true color image by combing exposures taken through three of the Pancam's color filters, centered on wavelengths of 753 nanometers (near-infrared), 535 nanometers (green) and 432 nanometers (violet). The middle image is presented in enhanced color to make differences in surface materials more easily visible. The image on the bottom is an anaglyph 3D version of the scene for blue-red glasses with the red lens on the left. For bigger versions and more information click the links in the image credits.

More information on Opportunity:
http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/home/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opportunity_(rover)
https://twitter.com/MarsRovers

You can download all Opportunity raw images here:
http://mars.nasa.gov/mer/gallery/all/opportunity.html

Image credits: PIA19819, PIA19820 and PIA19911 NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.
http://goo.gl/hCJD7E http://goo.gl/nNgYF4 http://goo.gl/gbrlmH

#science #mars #opportunity    #marsrover   #marathonvalley   #space #spaceexploration #solarsystem   #nasa   #mer   #merb  
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Thanks for the invite. I'm working on my third scifi dystopian book and I thoroughly enjoy the genre.

Coming the end of the second edit if the urban fantasy, From the Little the Much is Known
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