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"Wharton Ridge," Mars

'Spirit Mound' at Edge of Endeavour Crater (Stereo)From 'Marathon Valley' to Gully on Endeavour RimMars Rover Opportunity's Panorama of 'Wharton Ridge' Panorama of 'Wharton Ridge' on Mars (Enhanced Color)This Sept. 21, 2016, scene from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.Rover Opportunity shows 'Spirit Mound' overlooking the floor of Endeavour Crater. This scene from NASA's Mars rover Opportunity shows "Wharton Ridge," which forms part of the southern wall of "Marathon Valley" on the rim of Endeavour Crater. The ridge's name honors the memory of astrobiologist Robert A. Wharton (1951-2012). The scene is presented in approximately true color.

Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

NASA's Opportunity Mars rover will drive down a gully carved long ago by a fluid that might have been water, according to the latest plans for the 12-year-old mission. No Mars rover has done that before.

From Jet Propulsion Laboratory/NASA
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