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NASA Image of the Day, Jan. 4, 2013

NASA Image of the Day, Jan. 4, 2013

This mosaic image was taken on Jan. 4, 2004, by the navigation camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. It shows a 360-degree panoramic view of the rover on the surface of the Red Planet. Spirit operated for more than six years after landing in January 2004, driving 7.73 kilometers (4.8 miles), more than twelve times the goal set by mission planners.

Spirit was the first robot to reach the peak of a hill on another planet. Even after the machine’s right front wheel failed in 2006, Spirit explored another half-mile of Mars’ surface.

Spirit transmitted to Earth more than 124,000 images, ground material from the surface of 15 rocks, and prepared 92 other surfaces for inspection with spectrometers and a microscopic imager.

Spirit’s sister rover, Opportunity, is still active on the surface of Mars. You can see highlights of the Mars Exploration Rovers’ mission at http://mars.nasa.gov/mer10/.

Image courtesy NASA, Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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