This stereo view combines a pair of images taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the 1,925th Martian day (sol) of Spirit's mission on Mars (June 2, 2009). 3D glasses are necessary to view this image.
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Spirit's View of Own Underbelly, (Sol 1925 Stereo)

This stereo view combines a pair of images taken by the microscopic imager on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit during the 1,925th Martian day (sol) of Spirit's mission on Mars (June 2, 2009). Rover team members used the microscopic imager on the rover's arm to accomplish something never intended during the design of the rover or that camera -- getting a look underneath the rover. They did so to get a better understanding of Spirit's predicament, with wheels embedded deeply enough in soft soil at a site called "Troy" for the rover to be at risk of getting hung up on a rock under the rover. The dark triangular shape is a rock that is either touching or nearly touching Spirit's underbelly.

The two images combined here come from two camera positions, one slightly to left of the other, yielding a three-dimensional view when seen through red and blue glasses with the red lens on the left.

The microscopic imager is designed to focus on rock or soil targets 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) away. It rides on the end of the rover's robotic arm so that it can be placed close to targets for inspection. It cannot focus on objects as far away as the rover underbelly and rocks that are visible in this image despite being out of focus.

The team has used this image as an aid in planning a drive strategy for Spirit. The rock underneath presents a risk of high-centering the rover if the wheels sink much further into the soil.

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Image details

ID#:
PIA12180

Date added:
2009-08-21

Target:
Mars

Mission:
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)

Spacecraft:
Spirit

Instruments:
Microscopic Imager

Size:
735 x 1014 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



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3,963

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA12180.tif (2.24 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA12180.jpg (0.07 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS