Watching Over Spirit

The sun shines off Spirit’s solar panels from its permanent resting place

As a poignant reminder that Spirit is now officially at rest in its permanent position next to Home Plate, the HiRISE team released this image today showing the sun glinting brightly off the rover’s solar panels, visible to the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter high above.

Even though it may have fallen silent, Spirit will always be in our hearts… and our sights. It won’t ever be forgotten.

Mission accomplished.

Image: NASA / JPL / University of Arizona

ADDED 6/2/11: Here’s a great tribute video to the legacy and discoveries of Spirit from the team at JPL:


  1. Lauri says:

    At least Spirit has a nice resting place, overlooking a crater!


    1. J. Major says:

      Actually it’s a low plateau IN a large crater.


  2. Lauri says:

    Thanks for the perspective!


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