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This Birds Eye View Combines A Self Portrait Of The Spacecraft Deck And A Panora ...

This Birds Eye View Combines A Self Portrait Of The Spacecraft Deck And A Panora ...

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File name: SummitPolarV9_composite-A712-LOW.jpg
Format: digital, 6000+ pixels longest side
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Description: This birds eye view combines a self portrait of the spacecraft deck and a panoramic mosaic of the Martian surface as viewed by NASAs Mars Exploration Rover Spirit The rovers solar panels are still gleaming in the sunlight , having acquired only a thin veneer of dust two years after the rover landed and commenced exploring the red planet Spirit captured this 360 degree panorama on the summit of " Husband Hill " inside Mars Gusev Crater During the period from Spirits Martian days , or sols , 583 to 586 ( August 24 to 27 , 2005 ) , the rovers panoramic camera acquired the hundreds of individual frames for this largest panorama ever photographed by Spirit This image is an approximately true color rendering using the cameras 750 nanometer , 530 nanometer and 480 nanometer filters for the Martian surface , and the 600 nanometer , 530 nanometer , and 480 nanometer filters for the rover deck This polar projection is a compromise between a cylindrical projection which provides the best view of the terrain , and a vertical projection , which provides the best view of the deck but distorts the terrain far from the rover The view is presented with geometric seam correction

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