Mars Rover Art Challenge


Times are tough for Mars rover Spirit, permanently embedded in the Red Planet's sands.

AstroInfo website set up an art challenge for all artists and media: make a picture of Spirit at her new home.

Deadline is Feb 13 (no hour nor timezone being specified, caution is advised!), submissions are to be sent by email to the organizer (see website). Hope to see lots of red pixels in the next few days!

To learn more about the Mars rovers, check those links:

Mars and Me (Rover driver Scott Maxwell's blog)

Free Spirit (Updates on the past efforts to free Spirit from its sand trap)

Martian Vistas (Pictures taken by Spirit, Opportunity and Phoenix on Mars)

And lots, lots more.

Posted by Manupix @ 2/3/2010 17:11  |    2


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Manupix (Level 11 Godfather) @ 2/4/2010 11:08

Thought it could be useful to link a panorama of Spirit's present location.

The little volcano-like mound at far left is Von Braun, Spirit's science target before it got stuck. Just a few hundreds of meters away, and no nearer than the edge of the Universe now.

Outcrop on the right is Home Plate, a small volcanic plateau Spirit spent a few years trudging on and around to study; it's just a few meters high.

The hills in the center far background are Columbia Hills, that Spirit climbed during the first mission year.

Tracks are of course its own, more marked on the right side since one wheel broke down years ago.

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