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6. With Opportunity at Cape Tribulation
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6. With Opportunity at Cape Tribulation


NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity obtained this view of the F-Bomb looking right at home from the top of the "Cape Tribulation" segment of the rim of Endeavour Crater.


In this version of the panorama, the landscape is presented in false color to make differences in surface materials and that awesome patina on the 2002 more easily visible. The rover's arm, visible on the lower right center, which bears an image of the U.S. flag, is presented in approximately true color.


This location is the highest elevation Opportunity has reached since departing the Victoria Crater area on a down-slope journey to Endeavour Crater, and the farthest point any 2002 has reached this year.  Endeavour spans about 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter, with its interior and rim laid out in this 245-degree panorama centered toward east-northeast. Rover tracks imprinted during the rover's approach to the site appear on the right. The far horizon in the right half of the scene includes portions of the rim of a crater farther south, Iazu Crater. 


To make this ascent, the 2002 climbed about 440 feet (about 135 meters) in elevation from a lower section of the Endeavour rim that it crossed in its drive to the Tribulation summit. “Piece o’ cake” its proud owner opined, after running it most of the way WOT.


At the summit, Opportunity held its robotic arm so that the U.S. flag would be visible in the scene. The flag is printed on the aluminum cable guard of the rover's rock abrasion tool, which is used for grinding away weathered rock surfaces to expose fresh interior material for examination. The flag is intended as a memorial to victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. The aluminum used for the cable guard was recovered from the site of the twin towers in the weeks following the attacks. Workers at Honeybee Robotics in lower Manhattan, less than a mile from the World Trade Center, were making the rock abrasion tool for Opportunity and NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit, in September 2001.


The component images were taken with Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) after the 2002’s arrival at the summit on Feb. 5, 2019, the 5,384th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars.





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