On the Mars Planet ... in 3-D ... leaving the landing site. The NASA Mars Lander
"Opportunity." This 3-D image captured by the Rover Opportunity's rear hazard identification
camera shows the now empty lander that carried the rover 283 million miles to Meridiani Planum,
Mars. Opportunity's six wheels successfully rolled off the lander and onto Martian soil on the
seventh Martian day, or sol, of the mission. The Rover is approximately 1 meter (three feet) in front
of the lander, facing north. Photo credit: NASA / Cornell. www.NASA.gov
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People from all around the planet
Earth have heard of the 2004
NASA Space Mission to Mars and
the landing on the planet Mars.
The Rover ... the Opportunity and
the Spirit. But not nearly as many
have seen the actual Spacecraft
up Close. This is The Rover that
travels through the Universe and
brings the Opportunity, and Spirit,
robotics onto the Mars surface.
Image from the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's panoramic camera highlights
the puzzling rock. These layered rocks measure a mere ten centimeters (4 inches)
tall and are thought to be either volcanic ash deposits or sediments carried by water
or wind.
Here is a look at The Opportunity and The Spirit robotics Rover.
Did you know that each of the Mars
Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, has
9 "eyes" -- 4 engineering Hazard
Avoidance cameras (Hazcams), 2
Navigation cameras (Navcams), 2
science Panoramic cameras
(Pancams), and one Science
Microscopic Imager ?

Just a little FYI. According to NASA
Facts ... the term "aeronautics"
originated in France, and was
derived from the Greek words for
"air" and "to sail." On January 1st,
1958, Explorer 1 became the first
artificial satellite launched into
space by the United States. Onboard
was a cosmic ray detector designed
to measure the radiation
environment in Earth orbit.

JPL engineers prepare a prototype MER
rover for action at the edge of Rogers Dry
Lake near NASA Dryden Flight Research
Center. NASA photo by Tom Tschida.
The futuristic looking "hubcaps" were chosen over dozens of other
flecture and spoke options. Designed to absorb shock and to protect
the rest of the vehicle during driving.
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