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'Illinois' and 'New York' Wiped Clean

This panoramic camera image was taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on sol 79 after completing a two-location brushing on the rock dubbed "Mazatzal." A coating of fine, dust-like material was successfully removed from targets named "Illinois" (right) and "New York" (left), revealing the weathered rock underneath. In this image, Spirit's panoramic camera mast assembly, or camera head, can be seen shadowing Mazatzal's surface. This approximate true color image was taken with the 601, 535 and 482 nanometer filters.

The center of the two brushed spots are approximately 10 centimeters (3.9 inches) apart and will be aggressively analyzed by the instruments on the robotic arm on sol 80. Plans for sol 81 are to grind into the New York target to get past any weathered rock and expose the original, internal rock underneath.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell

Posted by at March 31, 2004 5:23 PM

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