Home Plate
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Home Plate

February 14, 2006

The Mars rover Spirit has hit a home run by landing in a rugged plateau dubbed "Home Plate," but scientists are still trying to decipher its geology.

The six-wheeled Spirit reached the northern edge of the broad mesa last week about four months after climbing down from a Martian hill as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Scientists believe "Home Plate" - which stands about 6 feet high - holds important geologic clues to the Red Planet's past.

This image shows Spirit's camera and mass spectrometer moving in for a closeup investigation.

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