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Spirit's Winter Home
Spirit's Winter Home

This is a portion of an image called the "McMurdo Panorama," taken by the panoramic camera on NASA's Spirit rover during its winter campaign of 2006. The view is looking toward the north at "Husband Hill," the dark-toned "El Dorado" dune field and the light-toned "Home Plate" feature. Husband Hill is approximately 850 meters (2,800 feet) from the rover's winter campaign site. Wind-blown ripples are evident in the field in the foreground, along with vesicular basalt rock. Tracks made by Spirit as it left Home Plate are also visible.

The McMurdo Panorama (link to was acquired over several months while Spirit was on "Low Ridge." It required all of the camera's geology filters and covered 360 degrees in azimuth. This view is in false color, with blue, green and red representing data collected through 430-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 750-nanometer filters, respectively.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell

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