July 1, 2009
This is a picture from inside the JPL In-situ Instrument Laboratory where the Mars rover simulator is under construction. The test box is angled at 10 degrees, the same angle at which Spirit is positioned on the surface of Mars. It is 8 feet by 20 feet and will be filled with material of similar consistency to that found on Mars, where Spirit is embedded.
Topics: Environment, Mars, Spacecraft, Space exploration, JPL In-situ Instrument Laboratory, Aeolis quadrangle, Mars exploration, Opportunity rover, Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit rover, Jet Propulsion Laboratory