4 January 2004

Mars rover Spirit landing site. The lander is at the low center of the image. at upper left are the backshell and parachute. The lander's heat shield is at the upper right on the rim of the crater. This image was taken in December 2006. (NASA)
Mars rover Spirit landing site. The lander is at the low center of the image. At upper left are the backshell and parachute. The lander’s heat shield is at the upper right on the rim of the crater. This image was taken in December 2006. (NASA)

4 January 2004, 04:35 Ground UTC: The NASA Mars Exploration Rover A, named Spirit, landed on the surface of Mars within the large impact crater Gusev. The location of touch down and the starting point for the rover’s exploration of Mars is named Columbia Memorial Station.

Spirit captured this color image of the surface of Mars from its landing point at Columbia Memorial Station. The horizon is approximately 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) distant. (NASA)
Spirit captured this color image of the surface of Mars from its landing point at Columbia Memorial Station. The horizon is approximately 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) distant. (NASA)

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2 thoughts on “4 January 2004

  1. Hi Bryan Swopes. I’m a long time visitor to this excellent website you have. Just want to let you know that on the January 4 pages there are some pictures missing that won’t display on the page. I have seen this happen before a few times but it always seems to clear up in a day or two.
    Thanks,
    Pat

    1. Thank you, Patrick. I too have seen that occur (though not this time). It seems to depend on which device I am viewing it on, and whether I’m using Safari or Firefox. I’m not an expert, but my guess is that somewhere a change in software was made that created an incompatibility with WordPress. . . Hopefully, the problem clears up quickly. . . Thank you, too, for being a regular visitor to TDiA. I really appreciate it. —Bryan

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