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The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this color
image on March 1, 2011, of "Santa Maria" crater, showing NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity perched on the southeast
The rover is the bluish speck at about the four o'clock position on the crater rim (with indicator arrow on Figure 1). North is up.
Rover tracks are visible to the west of the crater.
Opportunity has been studying this relatively fresh, 90-meter-diameter (295-foot-diemeter) crater to better understand how crater
excavation occurred during the impact and how it has been modified by weathering and erosion since. Note the bright blocks and
rays of ejecta surrounding the crater.
Spectral information from the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM), which is also on the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter, indicates a hydrated sulfate at this location. Opportunity will soon resume a long-term trek toward a
much larger crater, Endeavour. Santa Maria is about 6 kilometers (about 4 miles) from the rim of Endeavour crater, where
CRISM indicates both hydrated sulfates as well as phyllosilicates that formed in a wetter past.
Comparisons with earlier HiRISE images of Santa Maria crater (PIA13706 and PIA13754) show the site before and shortly after the rover's arrival.
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment is operated by the University of Arizona, Tucson. The instrument was built by
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of
Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Exploration Rover projects for NASA's Science
Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver, is NASA's industry partner for the Mars
Reconnaissance Orbiter project and built that spacecraft.
Release date: March 9, 2011
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Uniiversity of Arizona