PIA05042: True Colors of Mars
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
 Spacecraft:  Spirit
 Instrument:  Panoramic Camera
 Product Size:  1600 x 1200 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Cornell University 
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05042.tif (2.199 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05042.jpg (113.2 kB)

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This image taken on Mars by the panoramic camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows the rover's color calibration target, also known as the MarsDial. The target's mirror and the shadows cast on it by the Sun help scientists determine the degree to which dusty martian skies alter the panoramic camera's perception of color. By adjusting for this effect, Mars can be seen in all its true colors.

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