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#6023 Spirit Lander and Bonneville Crater in Color


The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera on NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter recorded this view on Jan. 29, 2012, providing the first image from orbit to show Spirit’s lander platform in color. The view covers an area about 2,000 feet (about 600 meters) wide, dominated by Bonneveille Crater. North is up.

A bright spot on the northern edge of Bonneville Crater is a remnant of Spirit’s heat shield. Spirit spent most of its six-year working life in a range of hills about two miles east of its landing site. An image of the lander platform taken by Spirit’s Panoramic Camera (Pancam) after the rover had driven off can be found here. The bright heat shield remnant can be seen in a panorama the same camera took of Bonneville Crater.


Date: January 29, 2012
Location: Mars
Photographer: NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona


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