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Mars surface. Colour image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity soon after it landed on 24 January 2004. Most of the image shows desert sands in the small crater where the rover landed. Round marks and drag marks (lower frame) were made by the rover's airbags during landing and during the retraction of the airbags. Part of the rover's solar panels (black) are at bottom. This image was taken with the panoramic camera. The rover landed in an area called Meridiani Planum. Opportunity, and an identical rover called Spirit, will study Martian rocks and look for water on the planet. For close-up views of features in this image, see images R360/106 and R360/107.
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