Opportunity on Its Own
February 1, 2004
This image captured by the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's rear hazard-identification camera shows the now-empty lander that carried the rover 283 million miles to Meridiani Planum, Mars. Engineers received confirmation that Opportunity's six wheels successfully rolled off the lander and onto martian soil at 3:01 a.m. PST, January 31, 2004, on the seventh martian day, or sol, of the mission. The rover is approximately 1 meter (3 feet) in front of the lander, facing north.
Topics: Margaritifer Sinus quadrangle, Mars Exploration Rover, Spacecraft, Environment, Mars Surveyor 2001 Lander, Lander, Mars Pathfinder, Rover, Opportunity rover, Meridiani Planum, Mars