Today's Mars Photo is of Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity using its microscopic imager. It is important to understand how Oppy takes its microscopic photos so that we can understand the limitations of such a device. We can see from its size that it will not fit into small crevices and that it is not meant to be maneuvered into right spaces. The camera is primarily used for zooming in close on rocks on the surface of Mars, but not much else.
Understanding the limitations of the Mars rover lets us see why it is important that we send a manned mission to Mars. Machines can only do so much and are not as adaptable as humans are, thus to truly understand and explore Mars we must send people.
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|Taken on Sol 2715 by Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's Front Hazcam|