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Press Release Images: Spirit
11-Jan-2004
Spirit Rover Nearly Ready to Roll
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In and Out (Animation)

This animation links two images taken by the front hazard avoidance camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. The rover is stowing and unstowing its robotic arm, or instrument deployment device. The device is designed to hold and maneuver the various instruments on board that will help scientists get up-close and personal with martian rocks and soil.

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"Bird's Eye" View of Egress

This mosaic image taken by the navigation camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit represents an overhead view of the rover as it prepares to roll from its current position on the lander down to the martian surface.

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Plan B

This mosaic image taken by the navigation camera on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit represents an overhead view of the rover as it prepares to roll off the lander and onto the martian surface. The yellow arrow illustrates the direction the rover may take to roll safely off the lander. The rover was originally positioned to roll straight forward off the lander (south side of image). However, an airbag is blocking its path. To take this northwestern route, the rover must back up and perform what is likened to a 3-point turn in a cramped parking lot.

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Roll-Off Test at JPL

This still image illustrates what the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit will look like as it rolls off the northeastern side of the lander on Mars. The image was taken from footage of rover testing at JPL's In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or "Testbed."

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