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Video documents three-year trek on Mars by NASA rover

While NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity was traveling from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater, between September 2008 and August 2011, the rover team took an end-of-drive image on each Martian day that included a drive. A new video compiles these 309 images, providing an historic record of the three-year trek that totaled about 21 kilometers across a Martian plain pocked with smaller craters.

The rover team also produced a sound track for the video, using each drive day’s data from Opportunity’s accelerometers. The low-frequency data has been sped up 1,000 times to yield audible frequencies. The sound represents the vibrations of the rover while moving on the surface of Mars. When the sound is louder, the rover was moving on bedrock. When the sound is softer, the rover was moving on sand.

Reblogged from jpl.nasa.gov October 10th, 2011 at 10:26 pm 52 notes #Mars #Opportunity #space #videos
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