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Sunday, January 4, 2004



Spirit Snaps First Pictures!

A picture from Spirit.
A picture from Spirit.
Credit: NASA/JPL
Spirit has sent back its first pictures from the surface of Mars. The images are the highest resolution pictures ever taken of the planet, and there are many more to come. And the landing site? "The rocks, to a great extent, look swept clean. It's a much cleaner surface than what we had a right to hope for," said Steven Squyres. Some large rocks nearby will provide a wealth of data from the rover's many instruments. But one of the best things about this rover is that it can gather data from the rocks that aren't nearby. Spirit will begin moving in about nine days.

- posted by Alex @ 8:47 EST