Mars Rover Gets First Glimpse of Faraway Destination

The journey seems almost impossible and endless for the Opportunity rover, heading through the dunes of Meridiani Planum on its way to a distant crater. But now the rover's Panoramic Camera has caught the first glimpse on the horizon of the uplifted rim of Endeavour Crater, providing optimism for the MER team and rover fans alike, that Opportunity can perhaps complete the journey. "We can now see our landfall on the horizon," said Steve Squyres, principal investigator for the rovers' science instruments."It's far away, but we can anticipate seeing it gradually look larger and larger as we get closer to Endeavour. We had a similar experience during the early months of the mission watching the Columbia Hills get bigger in the images from Spirit as Spirit drove toward them."

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