16 July 2008

Spirit's Bonestell Panorama

Posted by Ryan Anderson

Hey folks, as you may know, the Spirit rover has been sitting at the north rim of home plate all Martian winter, struggling to stay alive through the short winter days and long nights. She’s been doing some science though: every day or so, we’ve been taking a few more pictures that will eventually go into a gigantic panorama. After more than 120 sols, we recently hit the halfway point through making the full 360 degree panorama, and the portion that is done gives a spectacular view of Home Plate. Click the images below for the full resolution versions. The top image is approximate true color, the other is false color, which is useful for bringing out the details in the rocks and soil. Enjoy!