Thursday, June 02, 2005

New Pictures From Mars

Today I found two new pictures from our intrepid explorers on Mars, the rovers Spirit and Opportunity. From it's vantage point mired in a sand dune on the plains of Meridiani Planum, Opportunity snapped this picture of our home, the Earth. On the date the picture was taken, April 29, the Earth was about 130 million miles away. Meanwhile, Opportunity's twin sister, Spirit, sent this movie of a dust devil crossing the floor of Gusev Crater. As a resident of the Sonoran Desert, I see quite a few dust devils, especially this time of year. Spirit and Opportunity have benefitted from the dust devils, which clean dust off of the rovers' solar panels and have helped the rovers to survive over one year longer than planned in the harsh Martian climate.

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