PIA05115: Spirit Switches on Its X-ray Vision
 Target Name:  Mars
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
 Spacecraft:  Spirit
 Instrument:  Hazcam
 Product Size:  512 x 512 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA05115.tif (255.8 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA05115.jpg (36.84 kB)

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This image shows the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit probing its first target rock, Adirondack. At the time this picture was snapped, the rover had begun analyzing the rock with the alpha particle X-ray spectrometer located on its robotic arm. This instrument uses alpha particles and X-rays to determine the elemental composition of martian rocks and soil. The image was taken by the rover's hazard-identification camera.

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