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Spirit & Opportunity 10-Year Highlights

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  • 'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven'
  • Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples
  • 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
  • Bird's-Eye View of Opportunity at 'Erebus'
  • Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical)
  • On the Rim of 'Erebus'
  • Descent from the Summit of 'Husband Hill'
  • Rim of 'Erebus'
  • Summit Panorama with Rover Deck
  • Windblown Ripple 'Scylla'
  • Opportunity Examines Cracks and Coatings on Mars Rocks
  • Dust Devil in Gusev
  • Opportunity's 'Rub al Khali' Panorama
  • 'Everest' Panorama; 20-20 Vision
  • Looking Back at 'Purgatory Dune'
  • Larry's Outcrop' in False Color
  • Close-Up of 'Lookout' Panorama
  • Lookout Panorama' from Spirit
  • Contemplating Rock Layers
'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven' Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples 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 Bird's-Eye View of Opportunity at 'Erebus' Still Shining After All This Time (Vertical) On the Rim of 'Erebus' Descent from the Summit of 'Husband Hill' Rim of 'Erebus' Summit Panorama with Rover Deck Windblown Ripple 'Scylla' Opportunity Examines Cracks and Coatings on Mars Rocks Dust Devil in Gusev Opportunity's 'Rub al Khali' Panorama 'Everest' Panorama; 20-20 Vision Looking Back at 'Purgatory Dune' Larry's Outcrop' in False Color Close-Up of 'Lookout' Panorama Lookout Panorama' from Spirit Contemplating Rock Layers



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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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As Opportunity continued to traverse from "Erebus Crater" toward "Victoria Crater," the rover navigated along exposures of bedrock between large, wind-blown ripples.
Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples
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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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This view combines frames taken by the panoramic camera on Opportunity's 652nd through 663rd Martian days, or sols (Nov. 23 to Dec. 5, 2005), at the edge of "Erebus Crater."
Bird's-Eye View of Opportunity at 'Erebus'
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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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This is the Opportunity "Erebus Rim" panorama, acquired on sols 652 to 663 (Nov. 23 to Dec. 5, 2005 ), as Opportunity was exploring sand dunes and outcrop rocks in Meridiani Planum.
On the Rim of 'Erebus'
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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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This image shows a portion of the rim of "Erebus Crater" in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars.
Rim of 'Erebus'
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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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These images of a sand "ripple" were acquired by Opportunity using its panoramic camera on sol 644 and its navigation camera on sol 645.
Windblown Ripple 'Scylla'
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This false-color panoramic image, taken on martian day, or sol, 561 (Aug. 22, 2005) by the Opportunity rover, shows the nature of the outcrop rocks that the rover is encountering on its southward journey across the martian plains to "Erebus Crater."
Opportunity Examines Cracks and Coatings on Mars Rocks
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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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This panoramic image, dubbed "Rub al Khali," was taken by Opportunity on the plains of Meridiani during the rover's 456th to 464th sols on Mars.
Opportunity's 'Rub al Khali' Panorama
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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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Opportunity's wheels dug more than 10 centimeters (4 inches) deep into the soft, sandy material of a wind-shaped ripple in Mars' Meridiani Planum region during the rover's 446th martian day, or sol (April 26, 2005).
Looking Back at 'Purgatory Dune'
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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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