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Nasa probe lands on Mars
The pictures show the barren, rock-strewn landscape surrounding the Spirit lander
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The barren, rock-strewn landscape surrounding the Spirit lander can be seen.
The first pictures, taken by the hazard avoidance camera on the Rover Spirit, show the rover's rear lander petal and, in the background, the Martian horizon..
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These pictures, taken by the hazard avoidance camera, show the rover's rear lander petal and the Martian horizon.
Barren, rock-strewn landscape surrounding Spirit.
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Within hours of landing on Mars the Spirit probe sent back dozens of pictures of the Red Planet's surface.
Rocks scattered around beside the Spirit lander.
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When Spirit begins moving around the Martian landscape, it will investigate the rocks scattered around its landing site.
The Martian horizon as captured by Spirit's navigation camera.
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Scientists believe the site on Mars where Spirit has landed may be an ancient lake bed.
The rover's front wheels in stowed configuration were filmed by the hazard avoidance camera.
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The rover's front wheels in stowed configuration are testimony to a successful landing.
Artist's picture of Nasa Mars exploration Rover
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An artist's picture of Nasa's Spirit space probe which survived what one official called "six minutes of hell" landing on Mars.
The tension is almost too much for Principal Investigator Steve Squyres in the control room at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
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The tension as Nasa waited for the rover to parachute safely was almost too much for Principal Investigator Steve Squyres.
Landing Chief Engineer Wayne Lee whoops for joy  as the signal from the Mars Rover Spirit is received.
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Landing Chief Engineer Wayne Lee whooped for joy as the first signal from the Mars Rover Spirit was received.
As the first images are beamed through colleagues at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California celebrate
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As the first images were beamed, colleagues at Nasa's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, celebrated.
Nasa Administrator Sean O'Keefe hugs a colleague
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Nasa Administrator Sean O'Keefe said: "This is a big night for Nasa - we're back".
Mars Exploration project members at a Nasa press conference
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The smiles from Mars Exploration project members said it all...





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