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EarthSky // Today's Image Release Date: Apr 04, 2014

Mars rover shadow self-portrait

The Mars rover Opportunity caught this image of its own silhouette.

Image credit: NASA

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NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this image of its own shadow, looking eastward shortly before sunset on the 3,609th Martian day, or sol, of Opportunity’s work on Mars (March 20, 2014).

The rover’s shadow falls across a slope called the McClure-Beverlin Escarpment on the western rim of Endeavour Crater, where Opportunity is investigating rock layers for evidence about ancient environments. The scene includes a glimpse into the distance across the 14-mile-wide (22-kilometer-wide) crater.

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