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Mars Express Pictures

Tuesday, June 29, 2004

mars express image
Melas Chasma Steep cliffs drop into the rugged terrain of Melas Chasma in this stunning view from the Mars Express spacecraft orbiting the Red Planet.

Mars Express, DLR, ESA

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Mars Express, the first European Space Agency probe to head for another planet entered orbit around Mars, from where it performs detailed studies of the planet's surface, its subsurface structures and its atmosphere. shown here is a picture the Mars Express took of the Melas Chasma.

More: G. Neukum (FU Berlin) et al., Mars Express, DLR, ESA - Mars Express Image

Link: JPL - Mars Express en route for the Red Planet

Link: ESA - Mars Express Home


Mars Rover Surprises Continue; Spirit, Too, Finds Hematite

Friday, June 25, 2004

close-up image taken by Spirit highlights the nodular nuggets that cover the rock dubbed "Pot of Gold."
This close-up image taken by Spirit highlights the nodular nuggets that cover the rock dubbed "Pot of Gold."

NASA/Cornell/USGS

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Spirit rolled up to a knobby rock just past where the "Columbia Hills" start to rise from the surrounding plain. It touched the rock with a mineral-identifying instrument at the tip of its robotic arm and detected hematite. Hematite identified from orbit was NASA's key reason for choosing Opportunity's landing site halfway around Mars from these hills within Gusev Crater.

More: JPL - Mars Rover Surprises Continue; Spirit, Too, Finds Hematite

Link: Cornell University - Mars Rover Mission Journal