Opportunity Desktop Pictures and Anaglyphs

Jill England
January and Feburary 2005



In January 2005, Opportunities 330 to 360th Mars day, SOL, of surface operation, she reached the heat sheild that she had discarded almost one Earth year before.

Opportunity took two seperate sets of color and infra-red images of the meteor and two sets of microscope images, including a microscope "pan", taken Sol 349, which provide an interesting close up of the surface. (Pan not in this image set, yet.)

The first set of images were taken at an angle, looking toward the meteor, while the second set of images were taken at a near vertical perspective.

The vertical perspective of the second image set allows color data to be used for creating color microscope images. These color microscope images are included in on this page. True multiple frequency, i.e. color, microscope images are fairly rare for this mission.

Mars Exploration Rover B, also known as "Opportunity", image compositions by Jill England. January 2005.

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Context Image, Heat Shield SOL 335

Imaged MerB Sol 335. This composit pancam image shows the context of the heat shield and the meteor under study just to the left and behind the folded sheild.

It is just chance that the sheild to landed next to this Nickel Iron meteor. There are likely thousands of these scattered accross the surface. Still this was a lucky find I'm not currently aware of another one of this quality.

Heat Shield SOL 335

The heat sheild is ejected from the renentery vechile just before air bag deployment. The head sheild then continues to plumet without parachute or other means of slowing down and impacts at terminal velocity.

This very hard impact folded the heat sheild in half and scattered heat sheild fragments and parts such as springs upon the landscape.

Heat Shield SOL 344

Move to the left from above closer to the meteor for study.

Sol 357, Last Look


Nickel-iron Meteor (January 2005) SOL 346

The first set of images of this artifact were taken at a slight oblique angle. A second study, with additional microscope images was taken six sols later on Sol 352. The second set is at a near vertical aspect to the meteor.

Sol 346, Color Meteor Image


Sol 346, Infra-red Meteor Image


Nickel Iron Meteor SOL 352


Sol 352, Natural Color Image


Mer-B Sor 352, Infra-red Pancam R721

Mer-B SOL 352. Infrared color image composite. The IR image highlights the ubiquitous dust on the meteor as bright yellow. The

Mer-B Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor

This is two microscope images of the meteor overlaid on the pancam color image. The resolution incread plus the color data is very interesting.

Mer-B Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor, Microscope higher resolution

Here is a higher resolution version of the microscope image overlaid on the pancamera color image. The resulting color/microscope image is remarkable. Notice the two white areas on the rock segment. It's quite possible tht these are salt encrustations. 

Sol 352, Meteor IR and Violet Overlays


Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor, IR and Violet Overlay

This image has an overlay of data from the IR and Violet filters. The violet areas in the photo are where there were large UV changes on the meteor and the orange-red segments are places that have higer differaces of infra-red light. These differeances help highlight the inclusions in the meteor of what may be olivien. The meteor is a unique find.

It is the one rock of which we have versions of on earth and we have samples of this same rock in labs all over the world. This may indeed prove to be a rosetta stone of sorts since it provides a check and calibration source for the spectromer and camera filters.

Mer-B Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor

Close up area of microscope insert with IR and Violet color variations overlays.

Nickel-iron Meteor Anaglyphs SOL 346 and SOL 352

These images are 3D Stereo "Anaglyphs". They are designed to be viewed through stereo glasses with a red left lense and a blue rightlense.

Included here are two unique "color" anaglyphs. These images combine multi-frequency information into the 3D image. The result is a unique combination of data that can not be delivered in quite any other way. Besides the obvious scientific value of multi-frequency image presentation (it allows for a single image to convey more dimentions of information about a subject) Color anaglyphs can be more pleasing to view than traditional 'grey' images.

Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor, Anaglyph


Sol 346, Nickel Iron Meteor, Anaglyph


Sol 346, Nickel Iron Meteor, Color Anaglyph


Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor, Anaglyph


Sol 352, Nickel Iron Meteor, Color Anaglyph


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