Plaque on Spirit Honors Columbia Astronauts
December 16, 2004
A plaque commemorating the astronauts who died in the tragic accident of the Space Shuttle Columbia is mounted on the back of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's high-gain antenna. The plaque was designed by Mars Exploration Rover engineers. The astronauts are also honored by the new name of the rover landing site, the Columbia Memorial Station. This image was taken on Mars by Spirit's navigation camera.
Topics: Mars Exploration Rover, Exploration of Mars, Spirit rover, Environment, Columbia Memorial Station, rover landing site, Spirit rover timeline for 2005 April, Space Shuttle Columbia disaster