Opportunity used its navigation camera to record this view in the eastward driving direction after completing a drive on July 17, 2011, that took the rover's total driving distance on Mars beyond 20 miles.
Opportunity drove 407 feet during the 2,658th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's exploration of the Meridian Planum region of Mars. That drive brought Opportunity's total odometry to 20.01 miles. It also brought Opportunity within about eight-tenths of a mile (1.3 kilometers) of the rim of Endeavour crater, which has been the rover team's long-term destination for Opportunity since mid-2008. Portions of the Endeavour rim are visible on the horizon in this image.
As of January 2013, Opportunity and its rover twin Spirit have been on Mars, collecting stunning images and scientific data, for 9 years. The original prime missions were slated for just three months, and were easily completed in April 2004.
Both rovers have continued for years collecting extended data and returning more than 303,802 raw images. Spirit became trapped in soft soils and was sadly declared "irrecoverably obstructed" on January 26, 2010. The rover continued operating as a stationary science platform until communication with Spirit failed completely on March 22, 2010. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory continued to attempt to regain contact until May 24, 2011, when it announced that efforts to communicate with the unresponsive rover had ended. But Opportunity continues to return images and data to this day.
Want more Mars? You can access all of Opportunity's 175,578 raw images here
, and all of Spirit's 128,224 raw images here