Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 10, 2013

Solander Point - Sol 3325
Solander Point - Sol 3325

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State University (ASU) and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF for the additional process. and color.

The NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity used its Panoramic Camera (or "PancCam") to acquire this view of "Solander Point", during the 3325th Martian Day, or Sol (such as June 1st, 2013, on Earth) of its Mission in the Region of Meridiani Planum. This Southward-looking scene shows "Solander Point" on the center horizon, "Botany Bay" in the foreground, and "Cape Tribulation" in the far background at left.


Botany Bay is a so-called Topographic "Saddle" exposing Sedimentary Rocks that are part of the Burns Formation, such as a Geological Unit that Opportunity examined during earlier years of the Mission. At Botany Bay, the Burns Formation is exposed between isolated remnants of Endeavour Crater's Rim. Solander Point and Cape Tribulation are just Rim Segments located to the South of Botany Bay. Opportunity is on the way to Solander Point to spend the upcoming Winter Season on a Northerly tilted Surface (so to be able to get more Sunlight on its Solar Panels). Extensive Rock Strata can be spotted on the Northern Side of Solander Point, and these ancient Rocks and surrounding Bench Materials will be investigated in detail by Opportunity as part of the Winter Science Campaign.


This frame (which is an Original NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) "Opportunity" Natural Color image published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal and identified by the ID n. PIA 17078) has been additionally processed, magnified and then re-colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal - meaning "in the average" - human eye would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity, and then looked ahead, towards the Horizon and Sky over Endeavour Crater), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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