This image is a part from a full-circle panoramic view of Mars, taken by the camera on the Opportunity rover over a four-month period. The whole panorama is composed by 817 images, showing new rover tracks and the rover’s solar arrays, on an old impact crater. Image credit: NASA
NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this panoramic view of the planet between Dec. 2011 and May.
“Bright wind-blown deposits on the left are banked up against the Greeley Haven outcrop. Opportunity’s tracks can be seen extending from the south, with a turn-in-place and other maneuvers evident from activities to position the rover at Greeley Haven. The tracks in some locations have exposed darker underlying soils by disturbing a thin, bright dust cover.
Other bright, dusty deposits can be seen to the north, northeast, and east of Greeley Haven. The deposit at the center of the image, due north from the rover’s winter location, is a dusty patch called ‘North Pole.’ Opportunity drove to it and investigated it in May 2012 as an example of wind-blown Martian dust.
The interior of Endeavour Crater can been seen just below the horizon in the right half of the scene, to the northeast and east of Cape York. The crater spans 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter.”