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Spirit & Opportunity 10-Year Highlights

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  • Berries' Here, There, Everywhere
  • Opportunity's view of 'Solander Point'
  • Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate'
  • Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil
  • Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats'
  • 'Greeley Panorama' from Opportunity's Fifth Martian Winter
  • A Moment Frozen in Time
  • Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater
  • East Rim of Endeavour Crater
  • Dusty Mars Rover Selfie
  • 'Intrepid' Crater on Mars
  • Opportunity Looks Back After Hop to a New Pad
  • 'Block Island' Meteorite
  • 'Lyell' Panorama inside Victoria Crater
  • D-Star Panorama by Opportunity
  • Panorama from 'Cape Verde'
  • View of 'Cape Verde' from 'Cape St. Mary'
  • 'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven'
  • Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples
  • Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
  • Still Shining After All This Time
  • Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
  • Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate'
  • Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars
  • Gusev Lava Rocks
Berries' Here, There, Everywhere Opportunity's view of 'Solander Point' Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate' Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats' 'Greeley Panorama' from Opportunity's Fifth Martian Winter A Moment Frozen in Time Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater East Rim of Endeavour Crater Dusty Mars Rover Selfie 'Intrepid' Crater on Mars Opportunity Looks Back After Hop to a New Pad 'Block Island' Meteorite 'Lyell' Panorama inside Victoria Crater D-Star Panorama by Opportunity Panorama from 'Cape Verde' View of 'Cape Verde' from 'Cape St. Mary' 'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven' Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples Bright Soil Near 'McCool' Still Shining After All This Time Bright Soil Near 'McCool' Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate' Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars Gusev Lava Rocks



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This false color image suggests that the plains beyond the small crater where the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity now sits are littered with the same dark grey material found inside the crater in the form of spherules or "blueberries."
Berries' Here, There, Everywhere
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Opportunity used its panoramic camera (Pancam) to acquire this view of "Solander Poin." The southward-looking scene, presented in false color, shows Solander Point on the center horizon, "Botany Bay" in the foreground, and "Cape Tribulation" in the far background at left.
Opportunity's view of 'Solander Point'
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Spirit examined spectacular layered rocks exposed at "Home Plate."
Spirit Says Goodbye to 'Home Plate'
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Spirit acquired this mosaic while investigating the area east of the elevated plateau known as "Home Plate" in the "Columbia Hills." The trench exposed a patch of nearly pure silica, with the composition of opal. It could have come from either a hot-spring environment or an environment called a fumarole, in which acidic, volcanic steam rises through cracks. Either way, its formation involved water, and on Earth, both of these types of settings teem with microbial life.
Rover's Wheel Churns Up Bright Martian Soil
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This 360-degree view from a site dubbed "Engineering Flats" shows the rover's shadow.
Spirit's View from 'Engineering Flats'
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This full-circle scene combines 817 images taken by the panoramic camera (Pancam) on Opportunity.
'Greeley Panorama' from Opportunity's Fifth Martian Winter
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On May 19th, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars.
A Moment Frozen in Time
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NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in this dramatically lit view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars.
Late Afternoon Shadows at Endeavour Crater
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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its panoramic camera to record this eastward horizon view on the 2,407th Martian day, or sol, of the rover's work on Mars (October 31, 2010).
East Rim of Endeavour Crater
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This self-portrait from Opportunity shows dust accumulation on the rover's solar panels as the mission approached its fifth Martian winter.
Dusty Mars Rover Selfie
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"Intrepid" crater on Mars carries the name of the lunar module of NASA's Apollo 12 mission, which landed on Earth's moon Nov. 19, 1969.
'Intrepid' Crater on Mars
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Opportunity used its navigation camera for this northward view of tracks the rover left on a drive from one energy-favorable position on a sand ripple to another.
Opportunity Looks Back After Hop to a New Pad
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This view of a rock called "Block Island," the largest meteorite yet found on Mars, comes from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on Opportunity.
'Block Island' Meteorite
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During four months prior to the fourth anniversary of its landing on Mars, Opportunity examined rocks inside an alcove called "Duck Bay" in the western portion of Victoria Crater.
'Lyell' Panorama inside Victoria Crater
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NASA's twin Mars Exploration Rovers got smarter as they got older. This view from Opportunity shows the tracks left by a drive executed with more onboard autonomy than has been used on any other drive by a Mars rover.
D-Star Panorama by Opportunity
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Opportunity captured this vista of "Victoria Crater" from the viewpoint of "Cape Verde," one of the promontories that are part of the scalloped rim of the crater.
Panorama from 'Cape Verde'
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As part of its investigation of "Victoria Crater," Opportunity examined a promontory called "Cape Verde" from the vantage point of "Cape St. Mary," the next promontory clockwise around the crater's deeply scalloped rim.
View of 'Cape Verde' from 'Cape St. Mary'
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This beautiful scene reveals a tremendous amount of detail in Spirit's surroundings at a place called "Winter Haven," where the rover spent many months parked on a north-facing slope in order to keep its solar panels pointed toward the sun for the winter. During this time, it captured several images to create this high resolution panorama.
'McMurdo' Panorama from Spirit's 'Winter Haven'
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As Opportunity continued to traverse from "Erebus Crater" toward "Victoria Crater," the rover navigated along exposures of bedrock between large, wind-blown ripples.
Cobbles in Troughs Between Meridiani Ripples
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While driving eastward toward the northwestern flank of "McCool Hill," Spirit's wheels churned up the largest amount of bright soil discovered so far in the mission.
Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
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This bird's-eye view combines a self-portrait of the spacecraft deck and a panoramic mosaic of the Martian surface as viewed by the Spirit rover.
Still Shining After All This Time
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While driving eastward toward the northwestern flank of "McCool Hill," Spirit's wheels churned up the largest amount of bright soil discovered to that point in the mission.
Bright Soil Near 'McCool'
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Spirit acquired this false-color image after using the rock abrasion tool to brush the surfaces of rock targets informally named "Stars" (left) and "Crawfords" (right). Small streaks of dust extend for several centimeters behind the small rock chips and pebbles in the dusty, red soils. Because the rover was looking southwest when this image was taken, the wind streaks indicate that the dominant wind direction was from the southeast.
Rock Outcrop at 'Home Plate'
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Spirit used its microscopic imager to capture these spectacular, jagged mini-landscape on a rock called "GongGong." Wind has deposited sand and dust in the holes and crevices of the rock.
Hardened Lava Meets Wind on Mars
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Spirit drove through the basin south of "Husband Hill," mainly driving over sand and dune deposits until it came across this spectacular example of basaltic rocks called "Lorre Ridge."
Gusev Lava Rocks
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