Opportunity Rover on Valentine
Opportunity Rover on Valentine's Day 2014
ESP_035408_1775  Science Theme: Future Exploration/Landing Sites
This is the latest HiRISE image of Opportunity rover at Solander Point, where it spent a few weeks investigating Pinnacle rock (the “jelly donut”) that was flipped over by the rover wheel.

We planned this image when this “new” rock was first seen; one hypothesis was that a recent impact deposited the rock. We see no obvious signs of a very recent crater in our image, but a careful comparison to prior images might reveal subtle changes (besides the rover position).

Changes in this region of Mars might be most likely from the action of wind (there are active sand dunes on the floor of Endeavour Crater), but new impacts could occur anywhere. The rover is located in the exact center of the color cutout.

Written by: Alfred McEwen  (19 February 2014)
Acquisition date
14 February 2014

Local Mars time

Latitude (centered)

Longitude (East)

Spacecraft altitude
269.2 km (167.3 miles)

Original image scale range
28.5 cm/pixel (with 1 x 1 binning) so objects ~85 cm across are resolved

Map projected scale
25 cm/pixel and North is up

Map projection

Emission angle

Phase angle

Solar incidence angle
57°, with the Sun about 33° above the horizon

Solar longitude
89.7°, Northern Spring

For non-map projected images
North azimuth:  97°
Sub-solar azimuth:  40.3°
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RGB color
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IRB: infrared-red-blue
RGB: red-green-blue
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Black & white is 5 km across; enhanced color about 1 km
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NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, Washington. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace and Technology Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.