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Opportunity Rover Takes in View from Top of Martian Hill

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Opportunity Rover Takes in View from Top of Martian Hill

This image sent by NASA's Opportunity rover on Wednesday, January 7, 2015 shows a view from atop a Martian Hill. (Associated Press)

Pasadena:  NASA's Opportunity rover is soaking in the view from its perch atop a Martian hill as engineers continue to fix a problem with its computer memory.

The aging rover beamed new images to Earth on Wednesday, confirming it reached the hill informally called Cape Tribulation.

Opportunity landed on Mars more than a decade ago and has recently suffered bouts of amnesia stemming from an issue with its flash memory. The six-wheel rover has been able to drive despite the occasional memory lapse.

Opportunity will spend several days at the summit snapping pictures that engineers will stitch into a color panorama.

Project manager John Callas says the rover will try to find interesting rocks to study. If there are none to be found, it will keep driving.

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