Google+ Mars Travel: Mars Photo of the Day - Sept 6 2011

Mars Photo of the Day - Sept 6 2011

Today's Mars Photo is of Cape Tribulation. The image was taken by Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it rolled up to Spirit Point in August 2011. Data from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's CRISM camera indicates that there is a large quantity of exposed clay minerals on Cape Tribulation. NASA has stated their current mission with MER Opportunity is to explore Cape York, after which they will attempt to climb Cape Tribulation. This is all assuming the aging Mars Rover remains operable throughout its new mission. 
This image is from The Planetary Society and their monthly update on Opportunity. The image was rendered in color by Stuart Atkinson, author of The Road to Endeavour. To see the full hi-def image simply click on the one below. 


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