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  • NASA's Mars Rover Spirit's View Southward from Husband Hill
  • Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate'
  • Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil
  • Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats'
  • A Moment Frozen in Time
  • 'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven'
  • Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
  • Still Shining After All This Time
  • Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
  • Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate'
  • Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars
  • Gusev Lava Rocks
  • Salty Expression
  • Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical)
  • Descent from the Summit of 'Husband Hill'
  • Summit Panorama with Rover Deck
  • Dust Devil in Gusev
  • 'Everest' Panorama; 20-20 Vision
  • Larry's Outcrop' in False Color
  • Close-Up of 'Lookout' Panorama
  • Lookout Panorama' from Spirit
  • Contemplating Rock Layers
  • Churned-Up Rocky Debris and Dust
  • Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville'
  • Rover Tracks Near 'Husband Hill'
NASA's Mars Rover Spirit's View Southward from Husband Hill Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate' Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats' A Moment Frozen in Time 'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven' Bright Soil Near 'McCool' Still Shining After All This Time Bright Soil Near 'McCool' Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate' Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars Gusev Lava Rocks Salty Expression Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical) Descent from the Summit of 'Husband Hill' Summit Panorama with Rover Deck Dust Devil in Gusev 'Everest' Panorama; 20-20 Vision Larry's Outcrop' in False Color Close-Up of 'Lookout' Panorama Lookout Panorama' from Spirit Contemplating Rock Layers Churned-Up Rocky Debris and Dust Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville' Rover Tracks Near 'Husband Hill'



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This section from a panorama that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired in October 2005 from the top of "Husband Hill" presents the view toward the south from that summit.
NASA's Mars Rover Spirit's View Southward from Husband Hill
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Spirit examined spectacular layered rocks exposed at "Home Plate."
Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate'
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Spirit acquired this mosaic while investigating the area east of the elevated plateau known as "Home Plate" in the "Columbia Hills." The trench exposed a patch of nearly pure silica, with the composition of opal. It could have come from either a hot-spring environment or an environment called a fumarole, in which acidic, volcanic steam rises through cracks. Either way, its formation involved water, and on Earth, both of these types of settings teem with microbial life.
Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil
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This 360-degree view from a site dubbed "Engineering Flats" shows the rover's shadow.
Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats'
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars.
A Moment Frozen in Time
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This beautiful scene reveals a tremendous amount of detail in Spirit's surroundings at a place called "Winter Haven," where the rover spent many months parked on a north-facing slope in order to keep its solar panels pointed toward the sun for the winter. During this time, it captured several images to create this high resolution panorama.
'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven'
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While driving eastward toward the northwestern flank of "McCool Hill," Spirit's wheels churned up the largest amount of bright soil discovered so far in the mission.
Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
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This bird's-eye view combines a self-portrait of the spacecraft deck and a panoramic mosaic of the Martian surface as viewed by the Spirit rover.
Still Shining After All This Time
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While driving eastward toward the northwestern flank of "McCool Hill," Spirit's wheels churned up the largest amount of bright soil discovered to that point in the mission.
Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
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Spirit acquired this false-color image after using the rock abrasion tool to brush the surfaces of rock targets informally named "Stars" (left) and "Crawfords" (right). Small streaks of dust extend for several centimeters behind the small rock chips and pebbles in the dusty, red soils. Because the rover was looking southwest when this image was taken, the wind streaks indicate that the dominant wind direction was from the southeast.
Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate'
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Spirit used its microscopic imager to capture these spectacular, jagged mini-landscape on a rock called "GongGong." Wind has deposited sand and dust in the holes and crevices of the rock.
Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars
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Spirit drove through the basin south of "Husband Hill," mainly driving over sand and dune deposits until it came across this spectacular example of basaltic rocks called "Lorre Ridge."
Gusev Lava Rocks
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Spirit discovered this remarkable patch of bright, loose soil while driving toward "Home Plate" along the floor of the basin south of "Husband Hill" in Gusev Crater.
Salty Expression
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In this selfie, Spirit shows her solar panels gleaming in the Martian sunlight and carrying only a thin veneer of dust two years after the rover landed and began exploring the red planet.
Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical)
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In late November 2005 while descending "Husband Hill," Spirit took the most detailed panorama so far of the "Inner Basin," one of the rover's target destination.
Descent from the Summit of 'Husband Hill'
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Hundreds of images taken by Spirit were combined into this 360-degree view of "Husband Hill Summit" and the rover's deck.
Summit Panorama with Rover Deck
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This image hows several dust devils moving from right to left across a plain inside Mars' Gusev Crater, as seen from the vantage point of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in hills rising from the plain.
Dust Devil in Gusev
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If a human with perfect vision donned a spacesuit and stepped onto the martian surface, the view would be as clear as this sweeping panorama taken by Spirit.
'Everest' Panorama; 20-20 Vision
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A portion of an exposure of bedrock dubbed "Larry's Outcrop" shows little layering in this view, in contrast to nearby outcrops called "Methuselah" and "Jibsheet."
Larry's Outcrop' in False Color
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This is a zoomed in view on Spirit 's "Lookout" panorama on the drive up to the summit "Husband Hills."
Close-Up of 'Lookout' Panorama
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This is the Spirit panoramic camera's "Lookout" panorama, acquired on the rover's 410th to 413th martian days, or sols (Feb. 27 to Mar. 2, 2005).
Lookout Panorama' from Spirit
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Gazing across the landscape of the "Columbia Hills" in Gusev Crater on Mars, scientists saw hints of tilted rock layers across the area traversed by the Spirit rover.
Contemplating Rock Layers
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This image shows rocky debris and dust, which planetary scientists call "regolith" or "soil," that has been churned up by the rover wheels.
Churned-Up Rocky Debris and Dust
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This view captured by Spirit called "Legacy" panorama, combines images taken between the landing site and the rim of "Bonnevile Crater."
Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville'
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this image of the region near "Husband Hill."
Rover Tracks Near 'Husband Hill'
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