Spirit Takes a Turn for Adirondack
December 19, 2004
This rear hazard-avoidance camera image looks back at the circular tracks made in the martian soil when the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit drove about 3 meters (10 feet) toward the mountain-shaped rock called Adirondack, Spirit's first rock target. Spirit made a series of arcing turns totaling approximately 1 meter (3 feet). It then turned in place and made a series of short, straightforward movements totaling approximately 2 meters (6.5 feet). The drive took about 30 minutes to complete, including time stopped to take images. The two rocks in the upper left corner of the image are called "Sashimi" and "Sushi." In the upper right corner is a portion of the lander, now known as the Columbia Memorial Station.
Topics: Mars Exploration Rover, Mars, Space exploration, Environment, Disaster Accident, Hospitality Recreation, Aeolis quadrangle, Adirondack, Martian soil, Lander, Rover, Spirit rover, Spacecraft