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Spirit rover on Mars. Panoramic 360-degree view of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit on the surface of Mars. This is a processed version of the first image mosaic taken by the navigation camera on the rover after it landed successfully on the planet on 4 January 2004. The lander's airbags (white, just left of centre) that protected the rover during landing, and the rover's solar panels (black, centre left and centre right) for generating power can be seen. The Spirit rover, and an identical one called Opportunity, will study Martian rocks and look for water on the planet.
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