Deep Hole in 'Clovis'(False Color)
December 29, 2004
At a rock called "Clovis," the rock abrasion tool on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit cut a 9-millimeter (0.35-inch) hole during the rover's 216th martian day, or sol (Aug. 11, 2004). The hole is the deepest drilled in a rock on Mars so far. This false-color view was made from images taken by Spirit's panoramic camera on sol 226 (Aug. 21, 2004) at around 12:50 p.m. local true solar time -- early afternoon in Gusev Crater on Mars. To the right is a â€œbrush flowerâ€ of circles produced by scrubbing the surface of the rock with the abrasion tool's wire brush. Scientists used rover's MÃ¶ssbauer spectrometer and alpha particle X-ray spectrometer to look for iron-bearing minerals and determine the elemental chemical composition of the rock. This composite combines images taken with the camera's 750-, 530-, and 430-nanometer filters. The grayish-blue hue in this image suggests that the interior of the rock contains iron minerals that are less oxidized than minerals on the surface. The diameter of the hole cut into the rock is 4.5 centimeters (1.8 inches).
Topics: Rock Abrasion Tool, Spirit rover, Mars Exploration Rover, Environment, Adirondack, Spirit rover timeline for 2005 March, Gusev crater, Mars