Opportunity rover acquired this false color mosaic of weathered rock and
blueberries on Sol 1679 (Oct. 14, 2008). At this point in the
mission, Opportunity was quickly heading south. The team decided
to make a short stop at Cape Agulhas, where this mosaic was taken,
before heading west then south, leaving Victoria Crater behind.
The short stopover provided geological information on the southwest side
of Victoria Crater, providing scientists with more well-rounded data of
the crater. Also, it is notable that the dusty sapphire windows
which Opportunity had been dealing with for several months had begun to
clear up, so that subframing to cut out the dusty portions was no longer
always necessary (as in this mosaic). The
mosaic's field of view is roughly 30 degrees across and 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.
Pancam Instrument Lead
September 20, 2009