10th Anniversary 

Mars Exploration Rover Mission


Mars Landscape Art


Spirit and Opportunity

The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science is one of only two museums nationwide with a direct connection to the Mars Exploration mission through a science team member – the other is the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum. To celebrate the Opportunity rover's 10th anniversary, our permanent Making Tracks on Mars exhibit will be enhanced by an additional gallery of photos.

The displayed images have been taken by Spirit and Opportunity during the past decade of traveling on Mars. Photos include wall-sized panoramas of the surface of Mars, close-up views taken by the rover's microscopic imager, and self-portraits of each rover. In addition, there is a rover wheel (on loan from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), New Mexico minerals that have been identified on Mars, and a computer monitor showing the latest images and scientific analysis from Opportunity.

Free (with Museum Admission)