First full-circle panorama from Mars Spirit Rover in Gusev Crater. The Columbia Hills are in the distance left of center. Jan 2004.

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Astronomy Picture of the Day for 08 Dec 2013. Clicking on the picture will download the highest resolution version available.

How to Get to Mars. animation that's a virtual field trip to Mars! I thought many of you would appreciate seeing it. So, gather the kids 'round the computer to see the presentation that is sure to spark conversation, if not a desire for a career in the space science industry. There is some narration near the middle and end of this virtual Trip to Mars click schooling

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best pictures from mars rover | Rover Discovers Mars Was Habitable – So What Next? | Top Secret ...

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With the Curiosity and Opportunity rovers making all the headlines these days, we can't forget the Spirit rover that provided a trove of scientific information and paved the way for Curiosity, before falling silent in March of 2010. Photo of sunset on Mars taken by NASA's Spirit rover in 2005. The promised warranty on the Spirit rover was 90 Martian days (or "sols"). It ended up lasting more than 2,200 sols and gave a window into Mars' early and wet history.

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On May 19, 2005, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit captured this stunning view as the Sun sank below the rim of Gusev crater on Mars. This Panoramic Camera mosaic was taken around 6:07 in the evening of the rover's 489th Martian day, or sol.

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Gusev Crater 'McMurdo' panorama taken from the Mars Spirit Rover on Martian mission days Sol 814 through 980 (April 18 to Oct 5, 2006 on Earth). Seen are volcanic rocks, Husband Hill (left), "El Dorado" sand dunes, and the lighter colored "Home Plate" below the dunes. - A reminder that there is an image of the sunset seen from Mars. Take a moment to realize that this is the result of a robotic motor vehicle travelling millions of kilometres of space, successfully landing on the surface of another planet and communicating with Earth from there. Captured by NASA’s Spirit rover in 2006.

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Check out these 10 cool facts about the Mars Spirit Rover and see what makes this rover's mission so critical to the search for water and life.

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