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Silica Soils Near Home Plate, Spirit Sol 935

Silica Soils Near Home Plate, Spirit Sol 935
Silica Soils Near Home Plate, Spirit Sol 935 When one of Spirit’s front-wheel motors failed, the rover had to drive backward and drag along the stuck wheel, creating shallow trenches. Near Home Plate, the trenches exposed nearly pure silica, a probable sign of fumaroles and hot springs that could’ve been a habitat for life. NASA / JPL-Caltech / Cornell / ASU

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