View Full Version : Where did Spirit land?

2004-Jan-05, 12:12 AM
Mars Odyssey image (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/040104landingsite.html)

Spirit descent camera image (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/040104descentimages.html)

Gusev Crater context image (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/031231gusev.html)

Landing ellipse context image (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=11430)
(Can you spot the landing site? It's right on the long line of the ellipse toward the right of the area with all the dust tracks. You should be able to match the triangle of craters from the Mars Odyssey image.)

Mars Global Surveyor close-up (http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/mer2003/mocs/Images/R07-01606/R07-01606_04.jpg) (warning: big!)

Full MGS image and information (http://marsoweb.nas.nasa.gov/landingsites/mer2003/mocs/Images/R07-01606/)

Mars map - Where is Gusev Crater? (http://ltpwww.gsfc.nasa.gov/tharsis/ngs.html) I believe it's the crater almost at the right-hand edge, a little toward the bottom half, with the tail-like ravine coming out below it. (That's why they targetted this crater, btw, because they think water ran into it once upon a time.)

2004-Jan-05, 05:00 PM
More images...

MGS MOC (http://www.msss.com/mars_images/moc/2004/01/05/index.html)

Mars Odyssey THEMIS (http://themis.la.asu.edu/zoom-20040103a.html)

2004-Jan-06, 05:11 PM
MGS image with landing site pinpointed (http://www.spacedaily.com/images/mars-mera-mgs-x-370.jpg)

2004-Jan-06, 05:15 PM
Comparing the predicted landing site with the pinpointed one, I'd say they got it pretty much right on. W00t for NASA!

2004-Jun-24, 03:37 PM
It's not stated, but I believe the Mars Odyssey POD (http://themis.la.asu.edu/zoom-20040623A.html) shows Spirit's landing site. It's almost exactly in the horizontal center of the daytime image, about vertically level with the "J" in JPL at the left. The vaguely Eiffel-Tower-shaped ridge a little to the right is the Columbia Hills.