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NASA Oportunity Mars Rover Image: MiniTES Hematite Measurements

By SpaceRef Editor
February 5, 2004
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This map of a portion of the small crater currently encircling the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows where crystalline hematite resides. Red and orange patches indicate high levels of the iron-bearing mineral, while blue and green denote low levels. The northeastern rock outcropping lining the rim of the crater does not appear to contain much hematite. Also lacking hematite are the rover’s airbag bounce marks. This image consists of data from Opportunity’s miniature thermal emission spectrometer superimposed on an image taken by the rover’s panoramic camera.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University/Cornell

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