PIA06382: 'String of Pearls' Up-Close
Target Name: Mars
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Spirit
Instrument: Microscopic Imager
Product Size: 974 x 974 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
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This image from the microscopic imager instrument on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows a feature called "String of Pearls" that resides within the area dubbed "Hanks Hollow." The "string" consists of a set of bright spots. These are the partially exposed interiors of rocks that were broken-up when Spirit's wheels roved across this surface. Scientists believe the rocks exposed in Hank's Hollow may have been generated or modified by water-rich fluids. The image was taken on sol 177 (July 2, 2004).

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