Astronomy Picture of the Day

Spirit Rover at Engineering Flats on Mars

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#49487 by @ 23.09.2004 00:15 - nach oben -
Spirit Rover at Engineering Flats on Mars

Is it art?

Here the paintbrush was the
Spirit robotic rover,
the canvas was the
soil on Mars,
and the artists were the
scientists and engineers
of the Mars Exploration Rover Mission.

The picture created was mostly unintentional -- the
team was primarily instructing Spirit to investigate rocks
in and around
Hank's Hollow in a location called
Engineering Flats on Mars.

After creating the ground display with its treads, the
Spirit rover was instructed to
photograph the area along with itself in

Both Mars rovers,
Spirit and
Opportunity, are now back in contact
after an expected
radio blackout caused by Mars moving behind the Sun.

NASA has also
announced that it is extending the rovers missions
for six months, so long as they keep working.

Day and night have equal duration

Credit & Copyright
#49498 by @ 23.09.2004 11:33 - nach oben -
hinder em berg versteckt sich am sonic sini mueter.
#49500 by @ 23.09.2004 11:41 - nach oben -
da! hani äbä gad au gmerkt!
#49668 by @ 23.09.2004 22:31 - nach oben -
mettler, gibs uuf. weni nüächtern bi hesch eh kai chance
#49736 by @ 24.09.2004 08:33 - nach oben -
und wenn d-m nüechtern isch?