Beautiful view: Mars Rover Opportunity records its own tracks

September 11, 2014 5:58 PM

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According to a statement from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., the 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, shooting the scene from a ridgeline viewpoint.

Using “Pancam,” Opportunity’s onboard panoramic camera, the rover recorded the component images on Aug. 15, 2014, from an elevated portion of the west rim of Endeavour Crater. A short video places the scene into context with the rover’s entire driving route of over 25 miles since the mission’s 2004 ...

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