A Rover’s 3-Year Drive Across Mars

Article written: 11 Oct , 2011
Updated: 14 Jan , 2016
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Here’s a look at the Opportunity rover’s three-year trek across 20 km (13 miles) of Meridiani Planum on Mars, using the unique vantage point of the rover itself. During the drive from Victoria Crater to Endeavour Crater, rover planners captured a horizon photograph at the end of each drive. 309 images taken during the journey appear in this video.

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  1. Member
    Anonymous says

    Way cool! This video makes it look like Oppy is sailing across ‘frozen in place’ waves in an ocean of sand and dust? Planetary dust storms anyone?

    Try this video – looks like some images of Mars? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOOWG92s6iE&feature=related

    Solids acting like liquids? http://focus.aps.org/story/v7/st31

  2. Member
    Edward Roberts says

    Fabulous. I’d love to see a simultaneous map tracing out the path where in the landscape Opportunity was located and showing which direction it was facing!

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