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Press Release Images: Spirit
04-May-2007
 
This microscopic image shows dark, roundish granules of rock within a lighter matrix. The rock surface is uneven and somewhat pockmarked in appearance.
Spirit Examines Nodule-Rich Rock

On sol 1177, Spirit used the rock abrasion tool to brush away dust covering the surface of a small, nodule-rich outcrop nicknamed "Slide" at the edge of the circular plateau known as "Home Plate." This image mosaic, acquired by the microscopic imager, shows the nature of the weathered outcrop surface, just beneath the dust coating. The science team has a special interest in the rocks in this general area, some of which show the highest silica content yet measured on Mars.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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This image shows layered rocks draped horizontally from left to right. In the distance, on the left, are the 'Columbia Hills.'.
Spirit Returns to 'Home Plate'

Spirit is presently parked at the edge of "Home Plate," a light-toned, bowl-shaped feature that exposes inward-dipping, thin-bedded volcanic sediments. The curving outcrops in this image hint at the inward-dipping geometry of the rocks. Spirit took this mosaic of images with the panoramic camera on the rover's 1,176th sol, or Martian day, of exploration.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
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