MRO sees Oppy again…

On March 1st the always-astounding HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconaissance Orbiter (MRO) probe took another picture of Oppy from Mars orbit, which clearly shows the rover perched on the edge of Santa Maria crater.

Here’s a link to the image on the HiRISE website:

http://hirise.lpl.arizona.edu/releases/oppy-sm-color.php

But I have to warn you, it’s a pretty “rough and ready” image, processed quickly to get it released quickly. Which is brilliant, but if you get migraines then I’d put on a pair of dark glasses before looking at the picture because the contrast is turned all the way up to “Oh my god! My eyes! My eyes!!!!!!!!” 😉

To show you what I mean, here’s a crop showing Oppy, and Ruiz Garcia, the rock she’s just been studying…

To be a little kinder to your eyes, just click on the next image – I’ve just made a black and white version of the new HiRISE image and changed the contrast and levels to make it a little less, well, harsh…

Can you see that slightly darker line leading from the left side of the picture up to the crater’s edghe? Those are Oppy’s own tracks… wow…

Better quality versions of this image will be released before too long, I gather, but until then let’s all just marvel at this beautiful portrait of our favourite rover, seen at her last “pit stop” before her final attack on Endeavour, still 6km away…

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