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Mars rover airbag marks

Mars rover airbag marks

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Mars rover airbag marks. Marks in the Martian sand from the airbags of the lander that brought the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity safely to the Martian surface. Opportunity landed on 24 January 2004. The airbags were round in shape when inflated, making the round marks seen here. The circular mark at lower right of the right hand image is about 25 centimetres across. Scientists will study the marks to find out more about the composition of Martian soil. These images were taken with the panoramic camera. The rover landed in an area called Meridiani Planum. Opportunity, and an identical rover called Spirit, will study Martian rocks and look for water on the planet.

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