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Press Release Images: Spirit
07-Apr-2004
 
Gusev's Rim Revealed
Gusev's Rim Revealed

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this panoramic camera image on sol 91 (April 5, 2004). Spirit is looking to the southeast, and through the martian haze has captured the rim of Gusev crater approximately 80 kilometers (49.7 miles) away on the horizon.

The right side of this image reveals the portion of the crater edge that descends into the mouth of Ma'adim Vallis, a channel that opens into Gusev crater. Spirit is currently traveling toward the informally named "Columbia Hills," which lie to the left of the region pictured here.

This image is similar to a panoramic camera image taken on sol 68, but Gusev's ridge is more visible here because the atmospheric dust caused by winter dust storms has settled. Scientists expect to get even clearer images than this one in upcoming sols.

This image has been modified to make the crater rim more visible.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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Before the Dust Settled
Before the Dust Settled

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this panoramic camera image of the southeast rim of Gusev crater on sol 68. Like the more recent image acquired on sol 91, it captures the crater wall as it descends into the mouth of the Ma'adim Vallis channel. The martian skies were dustier when this image was taken, making the crater rim more difficult to see. The sky appears "noisier" than in the sol 91 image because the panoramic camera was operating at a higher temperature.

The same modifications were applied to this image as were applied to the sol 91 image to make the crater rim more visible.

Image credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell
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