This mosaic was acquired by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity between Sols 4937 (December 13, 2017) and 4956 (January 1, 2018). About 226 degrees across at the widest point, this mosaic showcases the rocky outcrop in front of the rover, which can also be seen where the albedo panorama from Sol 4924 splits on either side. More of the soil that is directly in front of the rover and not visible in this color mosaic started being acquired while this mosaic was still being taken.
NOTE: Missing data and other artifacts in this mosaic are the result of the images being acquired while the Opportunity rover was operating in "RAM mode". That is, because of issues with the rover's onboard Flash memory storage, sometimes data are stored directly in the rover's volatile RAM memory instead, and then downlinked to Earth. At the end of each sol of RAM mode operations, however, when the rover shuts down, all of that sol's data is erased. Thus, any missing images, missing color channels, or data transmission errors cannot be fixed by retransmitting the missing data the following sol, like we can do during Flash mode operations.
Pancam's 753 nm, 535 nm, and 432 nm filters were used in making this mosaic. Three versions are provided at full resolution: an approximate true color rendering, a false color rendering which enhances the subtle color differences in the scene, and a stereo anaglyph for 3D viewing through red-blue glasses.
Pancam Instrument Lead
February 28, 2018