Spirit Digs Up Soft Soil

When the wheels of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit dug into a patch of ground on its way to getting stuck, it exposed the color variations shown in this false color image taken on sol 1892:

Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell University

For a sense of scale, the two rocks near the upper right corner of this view are each about 10 centimeters (4 inches) long and 2 to 3 centimeters (1 inch) wide.

Meanwhile, efforts continue to figure out how to help free Spirit – today the testbed rover was driven into prepared bed of soft soil, where the wheels sunk, as planned, just as Spirit’s have on Mars.

Posted on June 30, 2009
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