True 3-D View of Columbia Hills from an Angle Left Eye
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True 3-D View of 'Columbia Hills' from an Angle (Left Eye)

January 3, 2005
This is the panoramic camera left-eye view from a stereo pair of images taken by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in the "Columbia Hills," without adjustment for the tilt of the rover.

The highest point visible in the hills is "Husband Hill," named for space shuttle Columbia Commander Rick Husband. To the right are the rover's tracks through the soil, where it stopped to perform maintenance on its right front wheel in July. In the distance, below the hills, is the floor of Gusev Crater, where Spirit landed Jan. 3, 2004, before traveling more than 3 kilometers (1.8 miles) to reach this point. This vista comprises 188 images taken by Spirit's panoramic camera from its 213th day, or sol, on Mars to its 223rd sol (Aug. 9 to 19, 2004). Team members at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cornell University spent several weeks processing images and producing geometric maps to stitch all the images together in this mosaic. The 360-degree view is presented in a cylindrical-perspective map projection with geometric seam correction.

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