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Desolate Mars: Rub al Khali

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#78742 by @ 23.08.2005 00:00 - nach oben -
Desolate Mars: Rub al Khali

Sometimes on
there is nothing to see but red sand.

Traveling two kilometers south of
Endurance Crater, the
robotic rover Opportunity now exploring Mars stopped
and took a 360 degree panorama of a desolate and
rusted Martian landscape.

The site was dubbed
Rub al Khali
for its similarity to a barren part of the
Saudi Arabian
desert on

In the center of the frame,
the tracks from the rover's grated wheels can be
seen receding far into the distance.

Near the bottom, several parts of Opportunity itself are recorded,
including, on the far right, a
Martian sundial.

Nearly 100 images in three colors to generate the
above spectacular real-color image mosaic.

To display the full high-resolution image would require about 300
computer monitors -- or one good
large format printer.

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#78748 by @ 23.08.2005 08:15 - nach oben -
dä rover hät gad bevor är gfötelet hät no recht zuegno...