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That's the Spirit !


The American Marsrover had more change than the European one, the Beagle2, for it's landing on Mars. The first color images are available; you might also check out the 360 degrees panorama that was published on APOD. More Mars news on Martian Soil or AstroBlog (in dutch).

As the excitement over the successful Spirit landing and the first images from Mars settles down, scientists are already thinking about where to go exploring, once Spirit leaves the lander craft next week. One nearby depression dubbed Sleepy Hollow is of particular interest.

NASA has released Maestro, a public version of the primary software tool used by scientists to operate the Mars Exploration Rovers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Anyone can download Maestro for free from and use it to follow along with the rovers' progress during the mission. You can use Maestro to view pictures from Mars in 2D and 3D and create simplified rover activity plans. During the mission, updates will be released for Maestro containing the latest images from Mars.