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Astronomy Picture of the Day

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    Astronomy Picture of the Day

    Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by a professional astronomer.
    2010 May 25
    [​IMG] Looking Back Across Mars
    Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, JPL, NASA
    Explanation: It's been a long trip for the Martian rover Opportunity. Last week Opportunity surpassed Viking 1 as the longest running mission on Mars, now extending well over six years. Pictured above, Opportunity's tire tracks cross a nearly featureless Martian desert, emanating from a distant horizon. Landing in 2004 in Meridiani Planum, the robotic Opportunity has [video=youtube;VrmfA0KO-v0]"]embarked[/URL] on its longest and most Endeavor Crater sometime next year. Endeavor, it is hoped, holds new clues to the ancient geology of Mars and whether Mars could once have harbored life.
    Tomorrow's picture: open space Source: Astronomy Picture of the Day