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This color image taken by Spirit is centered on an unusually flaky rock called Mimi. Mimi is only one of many features in the area known as "Stone Council," but looks very different from any rock that scientists have seen at the Gusev crater site so far.
Originally posted by kinglizard
It looks like shale, you know built up on the bottom of an ancient ocean.
Originally posted by DarkCircuit
Here's another interesting picture of a rock taken from the latest mars mission. You may have already seen it, or think its nothing....but i thought i would put it up anyway as some ppl have been discussing it on other sites...
[Edited on 14-2-2004 by DarkCircuit]
Originally posted by Teknik
It is reminiscent of what I have seen in desert washes, where intermittent rains deposit muddy/silty sand a couple of times a year.
If it crumbles away when they touch it, odds are that's exactly what it is.
If it is hard, then it might be slate/shale.
Or not, but it certainly looks like a water-side creation.
SPIRIT UPDATE: Movin' Towards "Mimi" - sol 40, Feb 13, 2004
Spirit woke up to its 40th sol on Mars to the song "What a Wonderful World" by Louis Armstrong and then proceeded to have a wonderful sol which ended at 7:59 a.m. Friday, PST. After utilizing the miniature thermal emission spectrometer instrument on surrounding soil and completing some pre-drive imaging with the panoramic camera, Spirit proceeded 90 centimeters (2.95 feet) towards a collection of rocks called "Stone Council." The drive lasted less than five minutes. After completing the drive, Spirit imaged several rocks with the panoramic camera, and completed a mosaic of the area in front and to the left of itself.
On sol 41, which will end at 8:39 a.m. Saturday, PST, Spirit will be repositioned in front of the flaky rock called "Mimi" in preparation for placing its instrument deployment device on that rock during sol 42.