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Click to enlargeSpirit's Descent to Mars Photo

Buy Spirit's Descent to Mars space photo. High quality Mars Spirit rover picture, slide, or Duratrans backlit transparency. NASA photo PIA04986. Wide variety of sizes.

This image, taken by the descent image motion estimation system camera located on the bottom of the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit's lander, shows a view of Gusev Crater as the lander descends to Mars. The picture is taken at an altitude of 1400 meters. Numerous small impact craters can be seen on the surface of the planet. These images help the onboard software to minimize the lander's horizontal velocity before its bridal is cut, and it falls freely to the surface of Mars.

January 03, 2004
Image Credit: NASA/JPL


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