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This picture shows Meridiani Planum. Opportunity landed inside the yellow oval. The oval is 81 km (50 miles) long.
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Where did Opportunity land? Meridiani Planum!

Two robot rovers landed on Mars in January 2004. They are called the Mars Exploration Rover mission. One rover is named Spirit. The other is called Opportunity. Opportunity landed at a place called Meridiani Planum.

Meridiani Planum is a very flat plain. "Planum" means "plain". Even though the plain is mostly flat, Opportunity ended up inside a crater! Don't worry - the crater is very small and the rover should be able to drive out of it.

Some minerals on Earth form in wet places. One of those minerals is called hematite. Scientists think there is hematite at Meridiani Planum. Opportunity is searching for hematite. If it finds some, that might mean that the plain used to be wet.

Opportunity has a twin. Its twin is named Spirit. Spirit landed at a different place on Mars. Spirit landed at a place called Gusev Crater.

Last modified December 31, 2003 by Randy Russell.

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