The robot Explorer, called Opportunity, is pictured at the rim of a spectacular crater on the Red Planet in the aerial shot.
Nasa’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took the stunning image with its HiRise camera on Tuesday, just days after it began scanning the planet.
HiRise is so powerful that it clearly reveals Opportunity and you can even see its tracks in the martian sand at the edge of Victoria Crater. The crater, a half-mile wide asteroid impact site, is also revealed in great detail from the probe, flying 185.6 miles (297km) above the surface.
Alfred McEwen of the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory was thrilled with the Mars pictures. And he said today: “Stay tuned. If you think this HiRise image is spectacular, just wait.”
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