Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 25, 2013

Nobbys Head and Endeavour's Southern Horizon - Sol 3335
Nobbys Head and Endeavour's Southern Horizon - Sol 3335

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. (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 "PanCam") to record this view of the Rise - visible in the foreground - called "Nobbys Head". The Rover drove around the Northern and Western Sides of Nobbys Head during a multi-week Southward drive between two Raised Segments of the Western Rim of Endeavour Crater. This view is centered toward the South/South-East, with Opportunity's next destination, "Solander Point", that is clearly visible toward the right edge of the view.

Nobbys Head is located at about one third of the way from the Rim Segment where Opportunity worked for most of the past two years (such as "Cape York"), to Solander Point.

Opportunity began a trek of approximately 1,2 miles (such as about 1,93 Km) from its location at Cape York to Solander Point in late May 2013. The 6 (six) PanCam frames that form this mosaic were taken during the 3335th Martian Day, or Sol, of Opportunity's Mission at Meridiani Planum - Mars (such as June 11, 2013 on Earth). The Rover, in fact, drove 114,4 feet (such as 34,86 meters) on that Sol. The NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity has been studying the Western Rim of Endeavour Crater since arriving there in August 2011. Remember that Endeavour Crater has a diameter of approx. 14 miles (such as about 22,53 Km) and it is - by far - the largest Impact Surface Feature that Opportunity has visited since it landed on Mars, in (the now far...) January 2004.

This frame (which is an Original NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) "Opportunity" b/w image-mosaic published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal and identified by the ID n. PIA 17265) has been additionally processed, contrast enhanced, magnified and then 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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