This object is not on display at the National Air and Space Museum. It is either on loan or in storage.
National Air and Space Museum
Center for Earth and Planetary Studies
Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
This close-up image taken by the Mars Exploration Rover <I>Spirit</I> highlights the nodular nuggets that cover the rock dubbed Pot of Gold. These nuggets appear to stand on the end of stalk-like features, and the surface of the rock is dotted with fine-scale pits. Data from the rover?s scientific instruments show that Pot of Gold contains the mineral hematite, which can be formed with or without water. Scientists have planned further observations of this rock, which they hope will yield more insight into the hematite?s origins as well as the formation of the enigmatic nuggets.