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>This Martian vista is only part of one of the
greatest panoramic views of Mars
that has ever attempted.
The expansive mosaic is helping to keep the
robotic Spirit rover
busy over the energy draining winter in the
southern hemisphere of Mars
During the winter, Spirit is constrained to stay on the side of
in order to keep its
pointed toward the
The panorama has so far involved over 800 exposures, very little
>digital compression, and will take over a month to complete.
The view shown is toward
, a hill that Spirit climbed last year.
A careful inspection of the
>above image shows
from the center to the right.
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