Spirit's Solar Panels Still Shiny After All This Time

Jan 06, 2006
Spirit's Solar Panels Still Shiny After All This Time

The most recent self-portrait of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the solar panels still gleaming in the martian sunlight and carrying only a thin veneer of dust two years after the rover landed and began exploring the red planet.

Spirit took this mosaic of images on the 586th sol, or day, of exploration (Aug. 27, 2005), as part of a mammoth undertaking that resulted in the largest panorama ever produced on Mars. This image is a subset of that panorama, showing just the rover.

The vertical projection used here produces the best view of the rover deck itself, though it distorts the ground and antennas somewhat.

This image is an approximate true-color rendering using the 600-nanometer, 530-nanometer and 480-nanometer filters.

Copyright 2006 by Space Daily, Distributed United Press International

Explore further: Astronomers solve decades-long mystery of the 'lonely old stars'

Related Stories

Helicopter drones on Mars

Mar 18, 2015

NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently announced that it is developing a small drone helicopter to scout the way for future Mars rovers. Why would Mars rovers need such a robotic guide? The answer is that ...

Interesting facts about planet Mars

Feb 16, 2015

Mars is a constant point of discussion for space explorers around the world. We've sent dozens of spacecraft there to study it. Some want to land astronauts on it. The planet is just far away to make that ...

What other worlds have we landed on?

Jan 14, 2015

Think of all the different horizons humans have viewed on other worlds. The dust-filled skies of Mars. The Moon's inky darkness. Titan's orange haze. These are just a small subset of the worlds that humans ...

Mars rover Opportunity climbs to high point on rim

Jan 09, 2015

After completing two drives this week, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity has paused to photograph the panoramic vista from the highest point the rover has reached during its 40 months of exploring ...

Recommended for you

ESA's planetary defence test set for 2020

7 hours ago

If an asteroid were spotted headed towards Earth, what could humanity do about it? ESA's latest mission is part of a larger international effort to find out.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.