Detail View: NASA Planetary Photo Journal Collection: Spirit Digs a Trench

Title: 
Spirit Digs a Trench
Original Caption Released with Image: 
A view from the front hazard avoidance camera of NASA's Spirit rover on its 47th sol shows a trench excavated by the rover's left front wheel within the "Laguna Hollow" area. The trench, dubbed "Road Cut," is 7 centimeters (3 inches) deep. The soil at this location is more cohesive than the material where Spirit's twin, Opportunity, dug its first trench at Meridiani. Spirit made 11 back-and-forth passes to dig this trench, and still did not produce as deep a hole as Opportunity dug in 6 passes. Scientists and engineers plan to begin up-close inspection of the soil in this trench on sol 48 by placing the microscopic imager on the floor and the walls before conducting Moessbauer and alpha particle x-ray spectrometer readings on some of the same points.
Image Credit: 
NASA/JPL
Produced By: 
JPL
Mission: 
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: 
Spirit
Target Name: 
Mars
Is a satellite of: 
Sol (our sun)
Instrument: 
Hazard Identification Camera
Product Size: 
1024 samples x 1024 lines
facet_what: 
Alpha Particle X-ray Spectrometer
facet_where: 
Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Image #: 
PIA05337
UID: 
SPD-PHOTJ-PIA05337
original url: 
http://photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA05337