Turning on Mars
December 17, 2004
This image, taken on Mars, shows the view from the front hazard avoidance cameras on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit after the rover has backed up 25 centimeters (10 inches) and turned 45 degrees clockwise. This maneuver is the first step in a 3-point turn that will rotate the rover 115 degrees to face the rear direction and drive off a rear side lander petal. Note that the view in this image matches that of the image taken during rehearsal of this maneuver in the JPL testbed.
Topics: Hazcam, Mars Exploration Rover, Exploration of Mars, Opportunity rover timeline for 2005 April, Mars probe program, Mars Pathfinder, Rover, Spirit rover, Mars