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Press Release Images: Spirit
06-Jan-2004
Color Picture from Spirit is Most Detailed View of Mars Ever Seen
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First Color Image from Spirit
First Color Image from Spirit

This is the first color image of Mars taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. It is the highest resolution image ever taken on the surface of another planet.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Windtails Show Direction of Martian Winds
Windtails Show Direction of Martian Winds

This image highlights streaks or tails of loose debris in the martian soil, which reveal the direction of prevailing winds. The picture was taken by the panoramic camera on Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Wind-polished rocks
Wind-polished rocks

The smooth surfaces of angular and rounded rocks seen in this image of the martian terrain may have been polished by wind-blown debris. The picture was taken by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Spirit's Airbags Leave Trail
Spirit's Airbags Leave Trail

This image shows marks in the martian soil (upper right) made by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's airbags during their final deflation and retraction. The picture was taken by the panoramic camera on the rover.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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In Full Bloom
In Full Bloom

The airbags are fully inflated in this photograph taken at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory or "Testbed," where engineers simulated the orientation of the airbags during the deflation process. The airbags had to be inflated seconds before landing on Mars' surface and deflated once safely on the ground.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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Out of Gas
Out of Gas

This image shows the airbags in deflated position at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory, where engineers did some tests on the airbags to ensure a safe landing on Mars.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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Airbag Retraction
Airbag Retraction

This image shows the deflated airbags retracted underneath the lander petal at the JPL In-Situ Instrument Laboratory. Retracting the airbags helps clear the path for the rover to roll off the lander and onto the martian surface.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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Airbag Deflates on Mars
Airbag Deflates on Mars

This image, taken by the navigation camera onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, shows the airbags used to protect the rover during landing. One bright, dust-covered bag is slightly puffed up against the lander.

Image credit: NASA/JPL
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Martian Horizon
Martian Horizon

This is a portion of the first color image captured by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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