Cape Verde (Mars)

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This article is about a surface feature on Mars. For the nation, see Cape Verde.
Cape Verde
Opportunity at Victoria Crater from Mars reconnaissance orbiter.jpg
The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at the rim of Victoria Crater as photographed from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
Feature type cape
Location Victoria Crater
Coordinates 2°03′S 5°30′W / 2.05°S 5.5°W / -2.05; -5.5Coordinates: 2°03′S 5°30′W / 2.05°S 5.5°W / -2.05; -5.5

Cape Verde is a large promontory and extremity on the rim of Victoria Crater in Meridiani Planum, an extraterrestrial plain within the Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle (MC-19) region of the planet Mars. The Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity perched atop this feature in 2006 to take a true-color mosaic of the crater below. Sols 958 to 991 were spent on this cape, including the period of solar conjunction which spanned from sol 970 to sol 984.[1]

Cape Verde and neighboring Cabo Frio are named after Cape Verde and Cabo Frio, places visited on Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world by the ship Victoria.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mars Exploration Rover Mission: 2006 Opportunity Updates
  2. ^ Mission Updates by Steve Squyres, including reference on naming