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Mars Spirit rover: What a long-range trip it's been

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This view from the panoramic camera on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the terrain surrounding the location called 'Troy,' where Spirit became embedded in soft soil during the spring of 2009. The track on the right is more evident because Spirit was driving backwards, dragging its right-front wheel, one of two wheels which no longer rotates. The bright soil in the center foreground is soft material in which Spirit became embedded after the wheels on that side cut through a darker top layer.


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