Spirit & Opportunity Year Highlights
Enjoy these vistas from a decade of exploration
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.
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.
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.
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).
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."
This is a zoomed in view on Spirit 's "Lookout" panorama on the drive up to the summit "Husband Hills."
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).
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.
This image shows rocky debris and dust, which planetary scientists call "regolith" or "soil," that has been churned up by the rover wheels.
Opportunity used its panoramic camera to take the images combined into this mosaic view of the rover.
This view captured by Spirit called "Legacy" panorama, combines images taken between the landing site and the rim of "Bonnevile Crater."
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this image of the region near "Husband Hill."
This stunning image features the heat shield impact site of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity.
Since landing on Mars a year ago, NASA's pair of six-wheeled geologists have been constantly exposed to martian winds and dust.
Opportunity found an iron meteorite on Mars, the first meteorite of any type ever identified on another planet.
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 captured this view of "Burns Cliff" after driving right to the base of this southeastern portion of the inner wall of "Endurance Crater."
This stunning image mosaic of the "Columbia Hills" is the first 360-degree panorama taken by Spirit after arriving at the hills.
At a rock called "Clovis," the rock abrasion tool on Spirit cut a 9-millimeter (0.35-inch) hole. To the right of the drill hole is a "brush flower" of circles produced by scrubbing the surface of the rock with the abrasion tool's wire brush.
This false-color image taken by Spirit shows a group of darker rocks dubbed "Toltecs," lying to the southeast of the rover's position.The rocks are believed to be basaltic, or volcanic, in composition because their color and spectral properties resemble those of basaltic rocks studied so far at Gusev Crater.
As Opportunity crept farther into "Endurance Crater," the dune field on the crater floor appears even more dramatic, as seen in this false-color image.
As Opportunity crept farther into "Endurance Crater," the dune field on the crater floor appeared even more dramatic.
This self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity comes courtesy of the Sun and the rover's front hazard-avoidance camera.
This view from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera is a false-color composite rendering of the first seven holes that the rover's rock abrasion tool dug on the inner slope of "Endurance Crater."
The pointy features, dubbed "Razorback," in this image may only be a few centimeters high but they generate major scientific interest.
This image is an approximately true color rendering of the slope of "Endurance Crater," which the Opportunity rover explored in 2004.
This false-color image highlights mysterious and sparkly dust-like material that is created when the soil in this region is disturbed.
This close-up image taken by Spirit highlights the nodular nuggets that cover the rock dubbed "Pot of Gold."
This 360-degree panorama shows "Endurance Crater" and the surrounding plains of Meridiani Planum.
The "Columbia Hills" flank Spirit's path in this view.
A forward-looking view of a portion of the "Columbia Hills" captured by Spirit shows the expansive hills ahead. It features "Husband Hill" to the left, "West Spur" in the center, and a talus (rock debris) slope to the right.
This image highlights the bumpy terrain surrounding the rover.
The "Lion King" panorama was the largest panorama obtained by either rover in 2004.
This view taken by Spirit show's the "Columbia Hills" up ahead.
This is a close-up look at a rock grind by made with Spirit 's robotic arm on a rock target dubbed "Mazatzal."
This image from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera is an approximate true-color rendering of the exceptional rock called "Berry Bowl" in the "Eagle Crater" outcrop.
This is a "scuff" mark or rover "boot print" in the Gusev Crater location dubbed "Serpent."
This is a look inside a soil trench or drift dubbed 'Serpent' after the rover successfully dug into the side of the drift.
This false-color image shows a close-up look at the rock dubbed "Humphrey."
This image shows the rock dubbed "Humphrey" and the circular areas on the rock that were wiped off by the rover.
This mosaic image, taken by the microscopic imager on the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity, shows a portion of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum, Mars, dubbed "Guadalupe."
This image taken by the panoramic camera onboard Opportunity shows the rover's now-empty lander, the Challenger Memorial Station, at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
This mosaic image shows an extreme close-up of round, blueberry-shaped formations in the martian soil near a part of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum called Stone Mountain
The color image on the left was taken by the panoramic camera onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows the part of the rock outcrop dubbed Stone Mountain at Meridiani Planum, Mars.
The left image shows an extreme close-up of round, blueberry-shaped formations in the martian soil near a part of the rock outcrop at Meridiani Planum called Stone Mountain.
The circular shapes seen on the martian surface in these images are "footprints" left by Opportunity's airbags during landing as the spacecraft gently rolled to a stop.
This image shows the Spirit rover's landing site, the Columbia Memorial Station, at Gusev Crater, Mars.