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Spirit: Columbia Hills



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Digitally spliced together, about 450 of the rover's images—acquired August 9-19, 2004—provide this view of the rocky Columbia Hills, spanning almost 360 degrees. The hills appear to be built of volcanic ash or meteorite impact debris, forming soft, almost chalky rocks. Beyond the hills, named after the fallen space shuttle, the plains of Gusev crater can be seen stretching to a horizon 50 miles (80 kilometers away.

Photograph by Jim Bell, Cornell; Bob Deen, JPL; NASA

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