Pictures of Spacecraft
This is a time lapse video from the Curiosity Rover, created using RAW data products from the Front Left Hazard Avoidance Camera (Hazcam) acquired during the period between Sol 0 (August 8, 2012) and Sol 281 (May 21, 2013).
A Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter closeup on the Mare Cognitum landing site of both the robotic spacecraft Surveyor 3 and Apollo 12. The Apollo descent stage, the Surveyor lander, the ALSEP experiment package and astronaut foot trails are all clearly visible. In this series of images taken on different days, the site is seen at various times from sunrise to sunset.
This image shows a simulated Opportunity about to descend into Victoria Crater via the rock-paved slopes of an alcove dubbed Duck Bay. Inside the crater, the rover examined the deeper, older rocks that harbored clues to Mars' wet past. Duck Bay has slopes of about 15 to 20 degrees and exposed bedrock, which made it the safest site for entry.
In this picture of Home Plate, taken by the HiRISE camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, you can easily see the stark white figure that is Spirit to the left (west) of the geologic formation in this image color enhanced by Stuart Atkinson. "If you look carefully you can actually see bright trailing leading to Spirit - this is the result of the (right front) broken wheel being dragged through the dirt, unearthing brighter material beneath," he points out. For more of Atkinson's enhanced images and poems, check out his blog, Road to Endeavour at: http://roadtoendeavour.wordpress.com/
Taken from a post by user "Galactic Penguin" at the forum NASASpaceflight.com.
SpaceShipTwo fires her rocket motor in flight for the first time in a flight over the Mojave Desert on April 29, 2013.
The left column contains cropped segments of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. The right column contains drawings of Mars-3 lander (top), soft-landing backshell rocket unit (second row), and heat shield (third row). The last row contains grayscale and color images of the putative parachute.
This is an enlargement of HiRISE image PSP_006154_1345. It possibly shows the Mars-3 lander's rocket-equipped backshell and the four-petaled soft lander.
The Mars 2 and 3 rover, which landed on Mars in 1971. This may have been the first rover on Mars! Their range was to be 15 meters from the lander. The rovers moved by using skis set on either side (see photograph). The two thin bars at the front of the lander (if you look closely at the photograph, you'll see the division between them) are sensors to detect obstacles in the rover's path. The vehicle could determine on which side the obstacle lay, step back, change direction and try to go around it. Unfortunately, neither vehicle completed its mission: Mars 2 crash-landed on the planet and Mars 3 ceased transmissions 20 seconds after landing.
The Mars 3 rover may have been the first mobile vehicle to set tread on Mars. Unfortunately, following a successful entry, descent, and landing, the lander operated for only 20 seconds before failure, probably because it was blown over by the wind. This rover may possibly have been deployed before then.
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