Victoria Crater
<i>Opportunity</i>'s Tracks near Victoria Crater
Mars Craters
Mars Craters
Mars Craters
Victoria Crater

Victoria Crater

Courtesy of NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

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This image shows Victoria Crater, an impact crater at Meridiani Planum, near the equator of Mars. The crater is approximately 800 meters (about half a mile) in diameter. It has a distinctive "scalloped" shape to its rim, caused by erosion and downhill movement of crater wall material.

Layered sedimentary rocks are exposed along the inner wall of the crater, and boulders that have fallen from the crater wall are visible on the crater floor. The floor of the crater is occupied by a striking field of sand dunes. Since January, 2004, the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has been operating at Meridiani Planum and was still operating as of July 2011.

Five days before this image was taken, Opportunity arrived at the rim of Victoria Crater, after a drive of more than 9 km (over 5 miles). The rover can be seen in this image, at roughly the "one o'clock" position along the rim of the crater.