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Friday, January 16, 2004



First Microscopic Images of Mars Transmitted

First microscopic image of Martian soil.
First microscopic image of Martian soil.
Credit: NASA/JPL
Spirit today broke the previous record for the highest resolution picture of Mars, beating the previous one, which was set by itself, by a huge amount. This was accomplished by using the rover's arm, which is equipped with a microscope. The image, shown at left, marks the true start of the rover's scientific mission.

Also released today are new images from the rover showing that the soil in the region of Gusev Crater that the rover landed in is composed of glued-together dust and sand particles. This material is excellent for the rover's movement, as well as the possibility for providing clues to the crater's history and possibly whether liquid water once flowed on Mars.

(More info: Yahoo! News, NASA Mars Exploration)


- posted by Brian @ 19:51 EST