This 3-D anaglyph, from NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, shows a circular imprint left in the Meridiani Planum soil by the rover's Moessbauer spectrometer. 3D glasses are necessary.
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Moessbauer Footprint in the Soil

This 3-D image taken by the microscopic imager onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity shows a circular imprint left in the Meridiani Planum soil by the rover's Moessbauer spectrometer, an instrument located on its arm that detects iron-bearing minerals. Scientists are studying the curiously rounded grains for clues about the soil's history. The observed area is 3 centimeters (1.2 inches) across.

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Image details

ID#:
PIA05287

Date added:
2004-02-14

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Spacecraft:
Opportunity

Instruments:
Microscopic Imager, Moessbauer Spectrometer

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PIA05287.tif (2.64 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA05287.jpg (0.23 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL/Cornell/USGS