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Can You Spot the Mars Rover in This Gorgeous Photo?

It's in there somewhere, we swear!


The quirky, personable Curiosity rover isn’t the only little car currently powering its way around Mars. The Opportunity rover has been trekking its way across Mars since it landed back in 2004. It’s traveled the furthest of any car-type vehicle NASA has ever put on a celestial body other than the Earth, having driven 22.220 miles when it took the record a few months ago. A few weeks ago, a NASA project called HiRISE took a photo of Opportunity from high above. See if you can spot little Opportunity in this stunning image of Mars’ Endeavour crater put together by The Planetary Society’s Emily Lakdawalla:

The full HiRISE photo of Mars’ Endeavour crater as put together by Emily Lakdawalla. Opportunity is in there somewhere, we swear. Photo: NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

If you click on the photo, you’ll get a higher resolution version. If even that isn’t enough, look here for a truly massive photo.

Having trouble? Here, we’ll help you out. Opportunity is somewhere in this photo:

We’re not lying. It’s really in this photo. Clicking the photo to zoom in a bit might help? Photo: NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

Still nothing? A little closer, then.

Okay but this is the last clue we’re giving. Photo: NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

There it is!

We told you so! Photo: NASA / JPL / UA / Emily Lakdawalla

Looking at these two maps together, made by Eduardo Tesheiner for the Unmanned Spaceflight forums, says Lakdawalla, shows you all the places Opportunity has been since it touched down nearly a decade ago. Lakdawalla and the rest of The Planetary Society team put together stunning photos all the time. If you like to gawk at space, they’re really your people.

More from Smithsonian.com:

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Colin Schultz

Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

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