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NASA Mars Opportunity Rover Image: Multicolored Pebbles and Spherules at Charlie Flats

By SpaceRef Editor
February 29, 2004
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This image from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity’s panoramic camera shows a region of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars, dubbed “Charlie Flats.” This region is a rich science target for Opportunity because it contains a diverse assortment of small grains, pebbles and spherules, as well as both dark and light soil deposits. The area seen here measures approximately 0.6 meters (2 feet) across. The smallest grains visible in this image are only a few millimeters in size. The approximate true color image was acquired on Sol 20 of Opportunity’s mission with panoramic camera filters red, green and blue.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

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