A "Pot of Gold" Rich with Nuggets
Date: 17 Jun 2004
This close-up image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit highlights the nodular nuggets that cover the rock dubbed "Pot of Gold." These nuggets appear to stand on the end of stalk-like features. The surface of the rock is dotted with fine-scale pits. Data from the rover's scientific instruments have shown that Pot of Gold contains the mineral hematite, which can be formed with or without water.
This image was taken by Spirit's microscopic imager on sol 163 (18 June 2004). The observed area is 3 cm by 3 cm (1.2 inches by 1.2 inches).
Last Update: 22 Nov 2011 (AMB)