This 360-degree, stereo panorama of a section of the 'Columbia Hills' shows meandering, crisscrossing wheel tracks that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit left behind. 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
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Meandering Tracks on 'Husband Hill' (3-D)

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This 360-degree, stereo panorama of a section of the "Columbia Hills" shows meandering, crisscrossing wheel tracks that NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit left behind while using its scientific instruments to analyze a new class of rocks in Gusev Crater on Mars. Because Spirit has been experiencing a high rate of slip on the sandy, sloped terrain on this flank of "Husband Hill," scientists are directing the rover to check its progress often to avoid getting a rock stuck in one of its wheel wells.

Rocks in this region are higher in phosphorus than other rocks that Spirit has examined.

This view is a mosaic of frames that Spirit took with its navigation camera during the rover's 358th and 359th martian days, or sols, (Jan. 3 and 4, 2005). It is presented here in a cylindrical-perspective projection with geometric seam correction.

Figure 1 is the left-eye view of a stereo pair and Figure 2 is the right-eye view of a stereo pair.

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Image details

ID#:
PIA07257

Date added:
2005-01-13

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Spacecraft:
Spirit

Instruments:
Navigation Camera

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA07257.tif (20.2 MB)

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PIA07257.jpg (0.89 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL