At the Rim, Looking In

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PostPosted: March 15, 2004 2:55 PM 

The Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this navigation camera mosaic of the crater called "Bonneville" after driving approximately 13 meters (42.7 feet) to get a better vantage point. Spirit's current position is close enough to the edge to see the interior of the crater, but high enough and far enough back to get a view of all of the walls. Because scientists and rover controllers are so pleased with this location, they will stay here for at least two more martian days, or sols, to take high resolution panoramic camera images of "Bonneville" in its entirety. Just above the far crater rim, on the left side, is the rover's heatshield, which is visible as a tiny reflective speck.

Image credit: NASA/JPL


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PostPosted: March 17, 2004 1:12 AM 

If you zoom in on this scene (look at the color panorama released yesterday, about 26 Mb), you see a blue-white object on the far rim of the crater. What is this? I assume debris from Spirit? I also saw it in a B&W image. But I haven't heard any references to it.


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PostPosted: March 17, 2004 1:15 AM 

It is spirits heat shield.

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