NASA Mars Rover Sends Color Photos of Red Planet

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: January 5, 2004   View Article

NASA’s Mars rover transmitted its first color photographs early this morning from the red planet after a successful landing late Saturday night. The high-resolution photographs showcase the Martian landscape from the rover’s landing site in Gusev Crater.

Cocooned in a cushion of airbags, Spirit tumbled to a halt on Mars late Saturday night and transmitted a signal of its safe arrival. Hours later it beamed black and white images of its surroundings to ecstatic mission controllers.

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