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September 25, 2007—Mars rover Opportunity's front hazard-identification camera shows a layer of light-toned bedrock inside Victoria Crater in this image released by NASA.

The layer is the rover's first scientific target to be reached since the the probe began a risky descent into the crater on September 13.

Scientists believe the rock may represent what the Martian surface was made millions of years ago before the impact that created Victoria Crater.

The rover will be commanded to examine a selected slab of rock with its robotic arm before heading deeper into the crater for further sampling.

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—Image by NASA/JPL-Caltech
 
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