Postcards from Mars: The Amazing Photos of Opportunity and Spirit Rovers

Tracks of a Climb on Opportunity's Sol 3485

NASA/JPL-Caltech

After driving uphill about 139 feet (42.5 meters) during the 3,485th Martian day, or sol, of its work on Mars (Nov. 12, 2013), NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity captured this image with its navigation camera. The climb ascended "Murray Ridge" above "Solander Point" on the western rim of Endeavour Crater.

Mars Rover Opportunity: 10 Years of Martian Driving

NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS/NMMNHS

This image shows the 10-year path of NASA's Mars rover Opportunity from its landing in Eagle Crater on Jan. 24, 2004 (PST) to its 10th anniversary in January 2014. The rover has driven 24.07 miles (38.73 km).

Fine-Scale Layering in the Whitewater Lake Locality

Science/AAAS

Pancam false-color view acquired on sol 3066 of fine-scale layering in the Whitewater Lake locality. Veneers have been resistant to wind erosion and enhanced the layered appearance of the outcrop. Layers are typically several millimeters thick.

Squyres Presents 'Pinnacle Island' Rock

NASA/JPL

Steve Squyres, lead scientist for NASA's Mars rover Opportunity, points at a strange rock found by the rover on Jan. 8, 2014, where earlier there had been nothing, during a Jan. 16 presentation. The rock has been named "Pinnacle Island." Squyres spoke during a Jan. 16 presentation. [Read the Full Story of the Mars Mystery Rock Here.]

Mystery Mars Rock

NASA/JPL-Caltech

A comparison of two raw Pancam photographs from sols 3528 and 3540 of Opportunity's mission (a sol is a Martian day). Notice the "jelly doughnut"-sized rock in the center of the photograph to the right. Minor adjustments for brightness and contrast. [Read the Full Story of the Mars Mystery Rock Here.]

Mars Rover Opportunity's Cape York Work

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Univ. of Arizona

A Mars locale known as "Cape York" on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, where NASA's Mars rover Opportunity worked for 20 months, is highlighted in these images.

Mars Rover Opportunity Finds Dark Mineral

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.

Scientists used NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity to find a water-related mineral on the ground that had been detected from orbit, and found it in the dark veneer of rocks on the rim of Endeavour Crater. This image, released on Jan. 23, 2014, was taken by Opportunity on Oct. 11, 2012 as the rover brush-polished a rock on the outcrop "Whitewater Lake."

Opportunity Rover's Driving View

NASA/JPL-Caltech

This view shows the terrain that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is crossing in a flat area called "Botany Bay" on the way toward "Solander Point," which is visible on the horizon. [Read the Full Story]

Opportunity on Martian 'Matijevic Hill'

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

As NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity neared the ninth anniversary of its landing on Mars, the rover was working in the 'Matijevic Hill' area seen in this view from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam). Images for this mosaic obtained Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2012.

Mars 'Matijevic Hill' Panorama (False Color)

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

As NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity neared the ninth anniversary of its landing on Mars, the rover was working in the 'Matijevic Hill' area seen in this view from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam). Images for this mosaic obtained Nov. 19 to Dec. 3, 2012.

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