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THEMIS Wraps Up Images as Art Month

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Images as Art 49

THEMIS Images as Art #49

You can almost hear the sound of birds flying across the moon in this image.


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Jan. 31 through March 4 of 2005, the Mars Odyssey THEMIS team has been showcasing images for their aesthetic value, rather than their science content. Portions of these images resemble things in everyday life, from animals to letters of the alphabet. This is the second annual THEMIS Art Month.

More: Mars Odyssey 2005 THEMIS Images As Art, view each week's images -
Link: USGS Astrogeology Mars Ice - exploring the ices of Mars using Mars Global Surveyor TES and Mars Odyssey THEMIS instruments

Mars Rovers Break Driving Records, Examine Salty Soil

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Naturaliste Crater

'Naturaliste' Crater Opportunity Sol 387

NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity used its navigation camera to take the images combined into this view of the rover's surroundings on Opportunity's 387th martian day, or sol (Feb. 24, 2005). Opportunity had driven about 73 meters (240 feet) and reached the eastern edge of a small crater dubbed "Naturaliste," seen in the right foreground. This view is the right-eye member of a stereo pair presented in a cylindrical-perspective projection with geometric and brightness seam correction.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL

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On three consecutive days, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity accomplished unprecedented feats of martian motion, covering more total ground in that period than either Opportunity or its twin, Spirit, did in their first 70 days on Mars.

Spirit, meanwhile, has uncovered soil that is more than half salt, adding to the evidence for Mars' wet past. The golf-cart-size robots successfully completed their three-month primary missions in April 2004 and are continuing extended mission operations.

More: JPL - Mars Rovers Break Driving Records, Examine Salty Soil

Link: USGS Astro - Mars Exploration Rover Project