Ball Park Pan
The Spirit rover acquired this mosaic from the West end of Home Plate on Sols 1169 through 1174 (April 17-22, 2007). The view spans approximately 180° and shows the East side of Home Plate, with Husband Hill and the El Dorado dune field in the background. The name "Ball Park" panorama follows the theme of baseball-related names being used by the team in this region. For example, Home Plate was originally so named because it resembled home plate on a baseball field from orbital images. Many of the rocks and other features in this region have also been named after baseball players from the Negro League and the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. Finally, the panoramic view from this location, with the whitish edges of Home Plate spreading out left and right across the scene, is reminiscent to the panoramic view of looking out onto a baseball field. It also seemed to be a fitting name to celebrate the start of baseball season in April!
This mosaic was acquired in Pancam's 753-nm, 535-nm, and 432-nm filters. Three versions are offered here at full resolution: an approximately true color rendering, a false color stretch to bring out subtle color differences, and a stereo anaglyph to simulate the scene in 3D.
Pancam Instrument Lead
May 2, 2007