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Spirit rover on Mars
Mars Spirit Rover Sits on Martian Hilltop
NASA's Spirit rover took this image from the top of "Husband Hill" on Mars in 2005. Spirit climbed almost 270 feet to reach this point. Part of the rover can be seen in the foreground.  Wheel tracks made by the rover can be seen off to the right. Husband Hill and the surrounding Columbia Hills on Mars are named for the astronauts on the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated when it re-entered Earth's atmosphere on Feb. 1, 2003.

Spirit and its twin Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004. After five years of exploring Mars, Spirit became stationary in 2009. Spirit traveled nearly 5 miles on Mars, drilled into 15 rock targets and took more than 125,000 images. For more about the Mars Exploration Rovers, go to http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html .
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell