NASA’s Mars exploration rover Opportunity has returned an exceptional view of the large Martian Endeavour Crater, which spans about 22 kilometers in diameter.
The image catches a shadow of the rover, located on the western rim of Endeavour, in the foreground and the giant crater in the distance.
The final picture has been presented in false color in order to emphasize differences in materials such as dark dunes on the crater floor.
The rover took most of the component images while it was spending several weeks at one location to preserve energy during the Martian winter.
Opportunity arrived at the Endeavour Crater in August 2011 and has been studying its edge ever since.
Opportunity and its twin rover, Spirit, completed their three-month prime missions on Mars in April 2004.
Both rovers continued for years of extended missions and made important discoveries on Mars.
Spirit stopped communicating in 2010 but Opportunity continues exploring.
In one of its latest explorations Opportunity found veins of a mineral deposited by water that had been formed from water dissolving calcium out of volcanic rocks.
NASA launched the next-generation Mars rover, the nuclear-powered Curiosity, on November 26, 2011.
The new rover shifts the search to organic elements key to life.
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