posted on Jan, 25 2004 @ 08:44 AM
PASADENA, Calif. - NASA's Opportunity rover zipped its first pictures of Mars to Earth early Sunday, delighting and puzzling scientists just hours
after the spacecraft bounced to a landing on the opposite side of the red planet from its twin rover, Spirit.
This image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera made available on Sunday, Jan. 25, 2004, shows where the rover's
airbags left impressions in the martian soil. The drag marks were made after the rover successfully landed at Meridiani Planum and its airbags were
retracted. The rover can be seen in the foreground. The unmanned, six-wheeled rover landed at 9:05 p.m. PST Saturday Jan. 24, 2004 in Meridiani
Planum, NASA said. (AP Photo/NASA)
The marks made by Opportunity's airbags on the surface hint that the Martian soil at the Meridiani Planum landing site may have unusual properties.
Image taken FromBBC
[Edited on 25-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 26-1-2004 by Nerdling]