Victoria Crater

An Oblique View of Victoria Crater
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

This is an impact crater on Mars called the Victoria crater, taken by the HiRISE camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). Victoria crater is about 800 m wide located in Meridiani Planum on Mars.

A year ago, Opportunity, our little robotic rover on Mars, had spent nearly two years (September 2006 to August 2008) exploring this crater. It had even entered the crater to do some sciences. Click here to see how the crater looks like from Opportunity point of view. Victoria Crater is about five times wider than Endurance Crater, which Opportunity spent six months examining in 2004, and about 40 times wider than Eagle Crater, where Opportunity first landed.

Though Opportunity had now left Victoria crater and headed to its next target – the 22-km wide Endeavour crater 12 km away – some of the rover’s tracks are still visible to the north of Victoria crater (left side of the image), showing the presence of us on Mars.

Imagine you can see earthling activities on another planet millions of kilometres away. Amazing.



~ by thChieh on August 13, 2009.

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