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Press Release Images: Spirit
13-Dec-2004
Mars Rovers Spot Water-Clue Mineral, Frost, Clouds
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Spirit Looks Back on Sol 332
Spirit Looks Back on Sol 332

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit looked back with its navigation camera during the rover's 332nd martian day, or sol (Dec. 8, 2004), and captured this image. Spirit had driven about 110 meters (120 yards) during the preceding six sols.

The image has been corrected to counteract the tilt at which Spirit was standing when the image was taken.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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Water-Signature Mineral Found by Spirit
Water-Signature Mineral Found by Spirit

This spectrum, taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's Mössbauer spectrometer, shows the presence of an iron-bearing mineral called goethite in a rock called "Clovis" in the "Columbia Hills" of Mars. Goethite contains water in the form of hydroxyl as a part of its structure. By identifying this mineral, the examination of Clovis produced strong evidence for past water activity in the area that Spirit is exploring.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/University of Mainz
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View of Spirit's Climb from Six Months Earlier
View of Spirit's Climb from Six Months Earlier

This view from where Spirit stood on its 149th martian day (June 3, 2004) shows, on the hillside at the center of the image, the terrain that the rover is crossing six months later. The view is a mosaic of several frames taken with Spirit's panoramic camera.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Spirit Journey Continues at 'Husband Hill'
Spirit Journey Continues at "Husband Hill"

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has left the "West Spur" of the "Columbia Hills" and crossed a flatter saddle to the main body of "Husband Hill." The rover's course from the 313th to 330th martian days, or sols, of its mission (Nov. 19 to Dec. 6, 2004) is indicated on a mosaic view made from images taken with Spirit's panoramic camera on sol 149 (June 3, 2004).

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell/NMMNH
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