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Spirit & Opportunity 10-Year Highlights

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  • 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
  • Churned-Up Rocky Debris and Dust
  • Opportunity Self-Portrait
  • Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville'
  • Rover Tracks Near 'Husband Hill'
  • Impressive Impact
  • Iron Meteorite on Mars
  • Opportunity's Heat Shield in Color, Sol 335
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 Churned-Up Rocky Debris and Dust Opportunity Self-Portrait Legacy Panorama on Spirit's Way to 'Bonneville' Rover Tracks Near 'Husband Hill' Impressive Impact Iron Meteorite on Mars Opportunity's Heat Shield in Color, Sol 335



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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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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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Opportunity used its panoramic camera to take the images combined into this mosaic view of the rover.
Opportunity Self-Portrait
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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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This stunning image features the heat shield impact site of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
Impressive Impact
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Opportunity found an iron meteorite on Mars, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet.
Iron Meteorite on Mars
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This image from Opportunity's panoramic camera features the remains of the heat shield that protected the rover from temperatures of up to 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit as it made its way through the martian atmosphere.
Opportunity's Heat Shield in Color, Sol 335
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