View Full Version : First a Crater, then Head for the Hills

2005-Sep-08, 01:44 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Spirit Rover has completed its pivoting maneuver atop its landing platform, and it's nearly ready to roll out onto the Martian surface. Mission scientists have decided that the rover's first target will be a relatively nearby 200-metre wide impact crater, which is approximately 250 metres northeast of the landing site. A crater like this is a convenient hole in the ground which allows the rover to look back into Martian history to see if there are sedimentary layers; a sure indication that there was standing water in the past. After studying the crater, Spirit will make for a set of hills approximately 3 kilometres away; although, that could be outside its range.

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