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Many rovers on Mars

Many rovers on Mars

This version of the Mars Pathfinder "Presidential Panorama" has been composited with many images captured of Sojourner throughout the mission. This provides a visual scale for understanding the sizes and distances of rocks surrounding the lander as well as a record of the travels of the rover. Several of the rover images were captured in full color. The rest were colorized using color sampled from those frames.

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Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner rover

Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner rover

Artist's concept of Mars Pathfinder and Sojourner rover on Mars.

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Sunrise on Yutu

Sunrise on Yutu

This is an artist's concept of the slow lunar sunrise on the Chang'e 3 rover. The faint inclined glow in the sky is the Zodiacal light, made of sunlit fine particles forming a flattened lens-shaped mass along the plane of the planets' orbits.

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Panorama around the Chang'e 3 lander (unwrapped)

Panorama around the Chang'e 3 lander (unwrapped)

Chang'e 3 captured the images for this panoramic view around the landing site on December 17 and 18, 2013. The original image was in polar azimuthal projection; it has been reprojected into a more familiar landscape view here.

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Chang'e 3 lander from Yutu, December 15, 2013

Chang'e 3 lander from Yutu, December 15, 2013

This photo was captured during an imaging sequence of the lander from the rover on December 16 from 03:43 to 03:50 China time (December 15 from 19:43 to 19:50 UTC).

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Front view of the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

Front view of the Chang'e 3 lander, December 21, 2013

By December 21, Yutu had completed a semicircular traverse around the lander and was able to view its "front" (south-facing) side.

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Panoramic view around the Chang'e 3 lander

Panoramic view around the Chang'e 3 lander

Chang'e 3 captured the images for this panoramic view around the landing site on December 17 and 18, 2013. The images have been mosaicked into a polar azimuthal projection, showing the full 360 degrees of terrain around the lander.

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Yutu safely deployed!

Yutu safely deployed!

This photo from the Chang'e 3 lander confirmed the safe deploy of the Yutu rover on the lunar surface at 23:41 China time (17:41 UTC) on December 15, 2013.

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Chang'e 3 lander from Yutu, December 15, 2013

Chang'e 3 lander from Yutu, December 15, 2013

This photo was captured during an imaging sequence of the lander from the rover on December 15 from 20:44 to 20:52 China time (12:44 to 12:52 UTC).

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Opportunity's first photo from the surface of Mars

Opportunity's first photo from the surface of Mars

This Navcam image was returned by Opportunity shortly after its landing in Meridiani Planum on January 25, 2004. The rover's mast had not yet been deployed, so the Navcams looked down the mast (the cylinder at left), across the pristine solar panels on the deck of the rover, at the wall of Eagle Crater, which contained a bright-colored outcrop of rock.

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Opportunity's

Opportunity's "Lion King" panorama, sols 58 and 60

Opportunity took the photos for this panorama -- the largest obtained to date by either rover -- after exiting Eagle Crater on sol 58 (March 25, 2004). This panorama depicts a story of exploration including the rover's lander, a thorough examination of the outcrop, a study of the soils at the near-side of the lander, a successful exit from Eagle Crater and finally the rover's next desination, the large crater dubbed "Endurance".

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Spirit Sol 2 DVD photo: L4 (red) filter

Spirit Sol 2 DVD photo: L4 (red) filter

On Sol 2, the rover's second Martian day, mission engineers commanded the Panoramic Camera (Pancam) instrument to capture four images of the DVD assembly. The four images were captured through four different filters: a red filter, a green filter, a blue filter, and an "empty" filter. This is the "L4" or red filter image.

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