Mars rover looks back at tracks on crater rim

rumblestaffPublished: September 11, 20147,498 viewsVirality: 22%
Published: September 11, 2014

From a ridgeline viewpoint, NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity recently recorded a scene looking back over its own tracks made from nearly half-a-mile (more than 700 meters) of southbound driving. The video begins with a view from orbit of the 25-mile journey Opportunity has made since landing in 2004. The view then shifts to ground level showing several hundred yards of the rover's tracks made along the rim of Endeavour Crater. Opportunity's panoramic camera (Pancam) recorded the component images on Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. The video places the scene into context with the rover's entire driving route of more than 25 miles (40 kilometers) since the mission's 2004 landing in the Meridiani Planum region of Mars. Credit to NASA/NASA JPL.

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