Photo: NASA’s Mars Rover captures large Martian crater

Posted on: 12:01 pm, May 28, 2012, by , updated on: 12:03pm, May 28, 2012

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.)

LOS ANGELES — NASA’s exploration rover on Mars has snapped a picture of its own shadow, simultaneously capturing a scenic landscape of a large Martian crater.

It’s the latest self-portrait since the rover, named Opportunity, landed on the red planet in 2004.

The photo was taken in March and NASA released it last week. The solar-powered, six-wheel rover was at an outcrop on the rim of a massive crater.

The late afternoon sun set the crater aglow and Opportunity waited for just the right lighting to send a postcard back to Earth.

The result was a dramatic view of Opportunity casting a shadow with the crater in the background.

After nearly five months in one spot, the tireless rover is rolling again to explore more rocks.

Its twin, Spirit, stopped communicating in 2010.


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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