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Martian surface. Martian surface showing a planned excavation site (blue) for the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity. The rover landed in a small crater on the surface of Mars on 24 January 2004. This bedrock, nick-named 'El Capitan', is situated on the crater's rim. It is the target for geological analysis to discover the rock's origins. Opportunity will navigate to the marked spot and use its rock abrasion tool (RAT) to grind the rock's surface. Freshly-exposed rock will be examined with the rover's microscopic imager and spectrometers. This graphic was created from two panoramic images in a computer model.
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