Localization and physical properties experiments conducted by Spirit at Gusev Crater.

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Washington University, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA.
Science (Impact Factor: 31.48). 09/2004; 305(5685):821-4. DOI: 10.1126/science.1099922
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