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Drive Target

         The Opportunity rover acquired this mosaic of a drive target on Sol 1397 (Dec. 29, 2007).  This mosaic, as well as another one taken along with it, were taken while the rover was parked at the Lyell stratigraphic layer (named for Scottish geologist Charles Lyell), investigating the layers of Victoria Crater.  These images aided the Rover Planners (the engineers who plan and sequence rover drives) in picking a spot where Opportunity could drive to in order to investigate the next lower layer, dubbed Gilbert (named for geologist G. K. Gilbert).  The mosaic's field of view is about 30 degrees across and about 15 degrees high.
         This mosaic was created using Pancam's 753-nm, 535-nm, and 432-nm filters. Two versions are offered here at full resolution: an approximate true color rendering, and a false color stretch to bring out subtle color differences in the scene.



Jim Bell
Pancam Instrument Lead
February 20, 2009

Full Resolution Images
True Color Thumb
  True Color   .jpg    .tif
  Image size: 2261 x 940
False Color Thumb
  False Color   .jpg   .tif
  Image size: 2261 x 940
   Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
   Image mosaicking: Elaina McCartney,
   Jon Proton
   Calibration and color rendering: CCC
   and the Pancam team (Jim Bell)
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