Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Still Roving

This very cool photo was released by NASA to celebrate the Mars Spirit Rover's January 3rd 2nd anniversary on the red planet.

To commemorate the event, NASA yesterday released the latest images captured by Spirit, including this self-portrait within a 360-degree panoramic mosaic of the Martian landscape. The image shows the rover's solar panels gleaming in the sunlight, marred by only a thin layer of red dust.

Spirit captured the hundreds of frames needed to create this image between August 24-27, 2005, from the summit of Husband Hill inside Mars' Gusev Crater. The composite image is the largest panorama ever photographed by the rover.

Via National Geographic News. Congratulations to NASA and the Mars Exploration Team.


The Old Man From Scene 24 said...

Its amazing that these Rovers have lasted so long. I'm a huge space geek and it has been just incredible to follow these missions on a daily basis. I'd say they are one of the greatest human exploration accomplishments of all time.

four legs good said...

Me too.

I'm a total space geek. I hope I live long enough to be able to walk on another world.