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04.17.2014

NASA Rover Opportunity's Selfie Shows Clean Machine

Cleaned Solar Arrays Gleam in Mars Rover's New Selfie
Cleaned Solar Arrays Gleam in Mars Rover's New Selfie

In its sixth Martian winter, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now has cleaner solar arrays than in any Martian winter since its first on the Red Planet, in 2005. Cleaning effects of wind events in March boosted the amount of electricity available for the rover's work.

A new self-portrait from Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam), showing the cleaned arrays, is online at:

http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/images/?ImageID=6177

The mission is using the rover's added energy to inspect "Murray Ridge," on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, to learn about wet environments on ancient Mars.

During Opportunity's first decade on Mars and the 2004-2010 career of its twin, Spirit, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Project yielded a range of findings proving wet environmental conditions on ancient Mars -- some very acidic, others milder and more conducive to supporting life.

JPL manages the Mars Exploration Rover Project for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. For more information about Spirit and Opportunity, visit http://www.nasa.gov/rovers and http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov

You can follow the project on Twitter and on Facebook at: http://twitter.com/MarsRovers and http://www.facebook.com/mars.rovers

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Guy Webster 818-354-6278
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.
guy.webster@jpl.nasa.gov


All Related Images
  • This self-portrait from overhead shows a side-by-side view of the rover solar panels. The solar panels on the left appear brown and dusty, while the solar panels on the right are light gray-green and appear wiped clean of dust.
    Cleaned Solar Arrays Gleam in Mars Rover's New Selfie
  • A self-portrait shows a view of the rover solar panels, which appear brown and dusty from overhead.
    Self-Portrait by Freshly Cleaned Opportunity Mars Rover in March 2014
  • A self-portrait from overhead shows a view of the rover solar panels, which appear grayish-green and wiped clean of dust.
    Self-Portrait by Freshly Cleaned Opportunity Mars Rover, False Color

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