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Rover Spirit sends first images

Sunday, January 4, 2004

Image from spirt, looking down at itself for an inspection
View From Above Spirit on Mars

This mosaic image taken by the navigation camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit has been reprocessed to project a clear overhead view of the rover on the surface of Mars.

NASA/JPL

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A traveling robotic geologist from NASA has landed on Mars and returned stunning images of the area around its landing site in Gusev Crater. Mars Exploration Rover Spirit successfully sent a radio signal after the spacecraft had bounced and rolled for several minutes following its initial impact at 11:35 p.m. EST (8:35 p.m. Pacific Standard Time) on January 3. "This is a big night for NASA," said NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "We're back. I am very, very proud of this team, and we're on Mars."

More: JPL - Spirit Lands On Mars and Sends Postcards

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project

Link: JPL - Mars Exploration Rover Mission

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Pathfinder and 2003 Rover Missions