Mars Panoramas

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Descent from the Summit of Husband Hill

Image date: 13 December 2005
Image courtesy: NASA/JPL/Cornell
In late November 2005 while descending Husband Hill, NASA´s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took this detailed panorama of the Inner Basin, the rover´s next target destination. Spirit acquired the 405 individual images that make up this 360-degree view of the surrounding terrain using five different filters on the panoramic camera. The rover took the images on Martian days, or sols, 672 to 677 (Nov. 23 to 28, 2005 - the Thanksgiving holiday weekend).

This image is an approximately true-color rendering using camera´s 750-, 530-, and 430-nanometer filters.

Near the center of the panorama, on the horizon, are McCool Hill and Ramon Hill, named, like Husband Hill, in honor of the fallen astronauts of the space shuttle Columbia, William C. McCool, Ilan Ramon, and Rick D. Husband. Husband Hill is visible behind the rover, on the right and left sides of the panorama. An arc of rover tracks made while avoiding obstacles and getting into position to examine rock outcrops can be traced over a long distance by zooming in to explore the panorama in greater detail.