Opportunity for anaglyphs

Opportunity for anaglyphs

Opportunity for anaglyphs

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Feb. 9 2010 8:00 AM

Opportunity for anaglyphs

Oh, I have a very cool anaglyph (red-green 3D images) for you! Stuart Atkinson from the Cumbrian Sky blog has created some fantastic anaglyphs of images from the Mars rover Opportunity as it investigates Concepcion crater. Here are some blocks that look like ejecta from the impact itself:

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These are beautiful! They almost look sedimentary, which at least makes some sense given that the region Opportunity is roving, Meridiani Planum, was once under water. Closeups of those rocks show they have the famous "blueberries", concretions of jarosite formed by mineral-laden water.

Stuart has lots more pictures he's fiddled with, too, and it's well worth your looking around his site. You should also read Emily Lakdawalla's great description of Concepcion, talking about how we know it's a fresh crater about 1000 years old. It's a fascinating read.