Image of the Month
Image Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Opportunity on Mars
You may look at this Image of the Month and think it is just another satellite image of the Earth – some desert perhaps. Well, you would be half right. This image was taken by a satellite. However, this particular satellite orbits Mars.
This image of Mars was captured by HiRISE, a special camera on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The image reveals a tiny, bluish dot at the center (inside the blue circle). That dot is not a Martian on the surface of Mars, but it is an alien robot sent from Earth. That dot is the Opportunity Rover.
The Opportunity Mars Rover landed on the Red Planet in January 2004 and has been roving ever since. For over 10 years, Opportunity has given us an up close view of Martian rocks, craters and more.
NASA originally planned for Opportunity to survive only three months on Mars. However, the rover proved it had the “right stuff” by lasting more than 40 times longer than expected. Opportunity continues to explore the Red Planet to this day.
Our Planetarium has forty-two, theater-style seats for a comfortable viewing experience. Its digital, star projector creates an immersive portal on our universe. With it, we can show you, your family or your students more than just the stars. We can travel to the planets, back in time and beneath the ocean's surface.
Located just 20 miles west of New Orleans, Louisiana on US 90, the Planetarium is attached to the West Regional branch of the St. Charles Parish Library at 105 Lakewood Dr. in Luling.
We proudly offer FREE public shows every Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
Call (985)785-8471 to schedule a private group showing or for current public showings.
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