Martian Surface at an Angle
December 16, 2004
This latest color "postcard from Mars," taken on Sol 5 by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, looks to the north. The apparent slope of the horizon is due to the several-degree tilt of the lander deck. On the left, the circular topographic feature dubbed Sleepy Hollow can be seen along with dark markings that may be surface disturbances caused by the airbag-encased lander as it bounced and rolled to rest. A dust-coated airbag is prominent in the foreground, and a dune-like object that has piqued the interest of the science team with its dark, possibly armored top coating, can be seen on the right.
Topics: Space, Spacecraft, Space exploration, Environment, Aeolis quadrangle, Sleepy Hollow, Airbag, Lander, Rover, Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit rover, Mars