Cosmic Crash Scene
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this image of its own heat shield during the rover's 325th martian day (Dec. 22, 2004).
The main structure from the successfully used shield is to the far left. Additional fragments of the heat shield lie in the upper center of the image. The heat shield's impact mark is visible just above and to the right of the foreground shadow of Opportunity's camera mast. This view is a mosaic of three images taken with the rover's navigation camera.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL
Credit: Jet Propulsion Laboratory