(ORDO NEWS) — Here is Victoria, an impact crater on the surface of Mars, located in the area of the Meridian Plateau. The diameter of the formation is about 800 meters, and the depth reaches 70 meters.
The rim of the crater has a specific jagged shape, which is explained by erosion and collapse of sedimentary rocks from the walls of the crater. At the bottom, you can observe large boulders rolling down from the walls of the crater and an amazing field of sand dunes.
On September 26, 2006, NASA’s Opportunity rover reached the Victoria Crater area, beginning data collection and photography. On September 11, 2007, the rover came close to Victoria, stopping at Duck Bay near Cape Verde, a relatively small rock on the edge of the crater.
Recall that on January 8, 2019, the Opportunity rover fell into a powerful dust storm, which forced the device to go into sleep mode, waiting for conditions to improve. However, the dust fell asleep on the solar panels and Opportunity failed to “wake up”. On February 13, 2019, NASA officially announced the completion of the mission.
Victoria Crater is an extremely interesting place to explore, as west of this region are the deltas of ancient rivers, and in the north the Great Northern Plain is the largest lowland on the planet, which in the past was probably covered by a huge ocean.
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