Saturday, March 29, 2008

Spirit Self-Portrait

This bird's-eye view combines a self-portrait of the spacecraft deck and a panoramic mosaic of the Martian surface as viewed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. The rover's solar panels are still gleaming in the sunlight, having acquired only a thin veneer of dust two years after the rover landed and began exploring the red planet. Spirit captured this 360-degree panorama on the summit of "Husband Hill" inside Mars' Gusev Crater. During the period from Spirit's Martian days, or sols, 583 to 586 (Aug. 24-27, 2005), the rover's panoramic camera acquired the hundreds of individual frames for this, its largest ever panorama image.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

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