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2004-Jun-03, 05:17 AM
SUMMARY: Well into their extra exploration time, NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers are continuing to make discoveries on the Red Planet. Spirit has nearly completed the journey to Columbia Hills, several kilometres from the landing spot, and it can already see what might be layered rock in an outcropping. On the other side of the planet, Opportunity is still on the rim of "Endurance Crater", searching for a potential entrance into the crater, and examining the texture of rocks.

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2004-Jun-03, 11:49 AM
It will be interesting to see what this layered rock is. Spirit has been in an area that is lower elevation than Opportunity, and from orbit looks more like it must have had water in it, but it has really found nothing as interesting as what Opportunity has seen. The Bonneville crater shows that the area is covered with a deep layer of loose sand.

I am also curious as to what raised the Columbia hills above the floor of the crater.