SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Gamma Blast, Nebula Dust, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Gamma Blast, Nebula Dust, More
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February 5, 2009--The view from the left "eye" of Mars Exploration Rover Spirit shows dust on the craft's solar panels in this image released February 12th.

Shot on the 1,811th sol, or Martian day, the image depicts the panels before some of the dust blew away, leading to a surge in the rover's power from 210 watt-hours to 240 watt-hours.

The increase of 30 watt-hours would be enough to power a 30-watt light bulb on Earth for one hour.

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