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         The Opportunity rover acquired this mosaic of a rather indistinct patch of soil on Sol 1640 (Sep. 3, 2008).  Originally, the mosaic was designed to provide images of a patch of bright soil before the IDD (Instrument Deployment Device, a bit of which can be seen at the lower left of the image) was deployed to study the soil.  However, the imaging was planned pre-drive and taken post-drive (which is a very common procedure), and the drive did not complete as expected.  As such, the pancam sequence instead captured this area of soil.  An image of the the type of bright soil this mosaic would have captured can be seen here.  The mosaic's field of view is about 22 degrees across and 8 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. Also provided is an overhead view showing the approximate location of the rover at the time of imaging.



Jim Bell
Pancam Instrument Lead
February 20, 2009

Full Resolution Images
True Color Thumb
  True Color   .jpg    .tif
  Image size: 2139 x 690
False Color Thumb
  False Color   .jpg   .tif
  Image size: 2139 x 690

  False Color Thumb
  Rover Location (red "x")   .jpg   
   Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
   Image mosaicking: Elaina McCartney,
   Jon Proton
   Calibration and color rendering: CCC
   and the Pancam team (Jim Bell)
   HiRISE Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of
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