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  • View Forward of Spirit Backward Drives

    Front Camera View of Backward Drives

    This animation aids evaluation of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's motion during five drives on sols 2145 through 2154 (Jan. 14 though Jan. 23, 2010). The view is toward the north, looking down at Spirit's front wheels.

  • View Backward of Spirit Backward Drives

    Rear Camera View of Backward Drives

    This animation aids evaluation of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's motion during five drives on sols 2145 through 2154 (Jan. 14 though Jan. 23, 2010). The view is toward the south, looking down at Spirit's rear wheels.

  • Sample from 'Marquette Island' on Mars

    Sample from Deep in Martian Crust: 'Marquette Island'

    This approximately true-color view of Marquette Island comes from combining three exposures that Opportunity's panoramic camera took through different filters during the rover's 2,117th Martian day, or sol, on Mars.

  • This two-frame animation aids evaluation of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,147th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 16, 2010).

    Movement During Backward Drive, Sols 2147

    This two-frame animation aids evaluation of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,147th Martian day, or sol (Jan. 16, 2010).

  • NASA's Mars rover Spirit will mark six years of unprecedented science exploration and inspiration for the American public on Sunday.

    Small Movement During Spirit's Latest Drive

    Spirit attempted to turn all six wheels on Sol 2126 (Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009) to extricate itself from the sand trap known as "Troy," but stopped earlier than expected because of excessive sinkage.

  • This three-frame animation aids evaluation of performance of the right-front wheel on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,117th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 16, 2009).

    Rotations by Spirit's Right-Front Wheel, Sol 2117

    This three-frame animation aids evaluation of performance of the right-front wheel on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,117th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 16, 2009).

  • Slight Movement by Spirit's Right-Front Wheel, Sol 2113

    Slight Movement by Spirit's Right-Front Wheel, Sol 2113

    This blink comparison aids evaluation of a test of the right-front wheel of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the rover's 2,113th Martian day, or sol (Dec. 12, 2009).

  • Opportunity's traverse map through sol 2063.

    Opportunity's Traverse Map Through Sol 2063

    Where are the rovers now? Opportunity's traverse map through Sol 2063.

  • Little Movement in Spirit's Sol 2099 Drive

    Little Movement in Spirit's Sol 2099 Drive

    This blink comparison aids evaluation of a drive by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the rover's 2,099th Martian day, or sol (Nov. 28, 2009).

  • Tracks in, Path out?

    Tracks in, Path out?

    This view from the navigation camera near the top of the mast on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the tracks left by the rover as it drove southward and backward, dragging its inoperable right-front wheel.

  • NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this picture of a rock informally named 'Marquette Island'.

    Approaching 'Marquette Island'

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity took this picture of a rock informally named "Marquette Island" as the rover was approaching the rock for investigations that have suggested the rock is a stony meteorite.

  • NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used the wire brush of its rock abrasion tool to scour dust from a circular target area on a rock called 'Marquette Island.'

    Examining 'Marquette Island'

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used the wire brush of its rock abrasion tool during the rover's 2,070th Martian day, or sol (Nov. 19, 2009), to scour dust from a circular target area on a rock called "Marquette Island."

  • Free Spirit

    Movement from Spirit's Third Extrication Drive

    This blink comparison aids evaluation of a drive by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the rover's 2,092nd Martian day, or sol (Nov. 21, 2009).

  • Movement from Spirit's Second Extrication Drive

    Movement from Spirit's Second Extrication Drive

    This blink comparison documents very slight forward movement of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during a drive on the rover's 2,090th Martian day, or sol (Nov. 19, 2009).

  • A depression called

    Adjusted Local Topography Map of Spirit's Surroundings

    A depression called "Scamander Crater," about 8 meters (26 feet) wide and 25 centimeters (10 inches) deep, dominates the terrain near NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in this map that emphasizes local topography by removing the regional tilt to the northwest.

  • Site of intense investigation by Spirit

    Site of Intense Investigation by Spirit

    Targets examined by Spirit after the rover became embedded at this site

  • Wheel slippage during attempts to extricate NASA's Mars Rover Spirit from a patch of soft ground during the preceding two weeks had partially buried the wheels by the 1,899th Martian day, or sol, of the Spirit's mission on Mars (May 6, 2009).

    Spirit's Wheels Digging into Soft Ground, Sol 1899

    Wheel slippage during attempts to extricate NASA's Mars Rover Spirit from a patch of soft ground during the preceding two weeks had partially buried the wheels by the 1,899th Martian day, or sol, of the Spirit's mission on Mars (May 6, 2009).

  • Spirit's view from Troy

    Rear View Southward from 'Troy'

    NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit used its rear hazard avoidance camera to take this view toward the south during its 1,899th sol on Mars.

  • Spirit simulation in the sandbox at JPL

    Sandbox Testing to Prepare for Driving Spirit

    Rover-team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., check slight movements by a test rover

  • The cluster of rocks labeled a 'Rock Garden' in this image is where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became embedded in April 2009.

    View in Travel Direction, Sol 1870, with 'Rock Garden'

    The cluster of rocks labeled a "Rock Garden" in this image is where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit became embedded in April 2009.