New Views From NASA's Spirit Rover
Independence Panorama (Top)
Image above: This panorama was acquired the Spirit Rver on Martian days, or sols, 536 to 543 (July 6-13, 2005), from a position in the "Columbia Hills" near the summit of "Husband Hill." The summit of Husband Hill is the peak near the right side of this panorama and is about 100 meters (328 feet) away from the rover and about 30 meters (98 feet) higher in elevation. The rocky outcrops downhill and on the left side of this mosaic include "Larry's Lookout" and "Cumberland Ridge," which Spirit explored in April, May, and June 2005.
Postcard Above Tennessee Valley (Bottom)
This "postcard" or 2-inch mini-panorama was taken by the Spirit Rover on Martian day, or sol, 582 (August 23, 2005), just as the rover finally completed its intrepid climb up Husband Hill. The summit appears to be a windswept plateau of scattered rocks, little sand dunes and small exposures of outcrop. The breathtaking view here is toward the north, looking down into the drifts and outcrops of the "Tennessee Valley," a region that Spirit was not able to visit during its climb to the top of the hill.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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