Mars Rover 3-Year Journey in 3 Minutes
During the three-year journey of NASA's Mars Rover Opportunity from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater, a photograph was taken at the end of each drive. This new video complies these 309 images taken during the 13-mile journey.
It shows the rim of the Endeavour crater becoming visible on the horizon partway through the journey and growing larger as Opportunity neared that goal. The drive included detours, as Opportunity went around large expanses of treacherous terrain along the way.
NASA 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.
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