PIA03254: Spirit's Neighborhood in 'Columbia Hills,' in Stereo

Spirit’s Neighborhood in ‘Columbia Hills,’ in Stereo


Two Earth years ago, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit touched down in Gusev Crater. The rover marked its first Mars-year (687 Earth days) anniversary in November 2005. On Nov. 2, 2005, shortly before Spirit's Martian anniversary, the Mars Orbiter Camera on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor acquired an image covering approximately 3 kilometers by 3 kilometers (1.9 miles by 1.9 miles) centered on the rover's location in the "Columbia Hills."

The tinted portion of this image gives a stereo, three-dimensional view when observed through 3-D glasses with a red left eye and blue right eye. The tallest peak is "Husband Hill," which was climbed by Spirit during much of 2005. The region south (toward the bottom) of these images shows the area where the rover is currently headed. The large dark patch and other similar dark patches in these images are accumulations of windblown sand and granules. North is up; illumination is from the left. The location is near 14.8 degrees south latitude, 184.6 degrees west longitude.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mars Earth
System Mars Earth
Target Type Planet Earth
Mission Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Instrument Host Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Spirit (MER-A)
Host Type Orbiter Rover
Instrument Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC)
Extra Keywords Color, Crater
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2006-01-03
Date in Caption 2005-11-02
Image Credit NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA03254
Identifier PIA03254