Spirit Traverse Map
July 20, 2004
The red dot labeled Sol 134-141 in this map illustrates when and where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit acquired the Santa Anita Panorama. Scientists consider this area, located roughly three-fourths of the way between Bonneville Crater and the base of the Columbia Hills, a treasure trove that may be studied for decades to come. The panorama is one of four 360-degree full panoramas the rover has acquired during its mission. The color thermal inertia data show how well different surface features hold onto heat. Red indicates a high thermal inertia associated with rocky terrain (regions that take longer to warm up and cool down); blue indicates a lower thermal inertia associated with smaller particles and fewer rocks (areas that warm up and cool off quickly).
Topics: Mars Exploration Rover, Spirit rover, Mars, Environment, Volumetric heat capacity, Columbia Hills, Bonneville