PIA04994: Facing the Sun
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Spirit
Instrument: Panoramic Camera
Product Size: 1024 x 1024 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Cornell University
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The bright white dot in this image taken by the panoramic camera onboard the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is the Sun, used to help point the rover's high-gain antenna toward Earth. The inset shows the Sun magnified five times.

Image Credit:
JPL/NASA/Cornell

Image Addition Date:
2004-01-05