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APOD: 2011 May 8 - Shadow of a Martian Robot

What if you saw your shadow on Mars and it wasn't human? Then you might be the Opportunity rover currently exploring Mars. Opportunity and sister robot Spirit have been probing the red planet since early 2004, finding evidence of ancient water, and sending breathtaking images across the inner Solar System. Pictured above, Opportunity looks opposite the Sun into Endurance Crater and sees its own shadow. Two wheels are visible on the lower left and right, while the floor and walls of the unusual crater are visible in the background. Although the Spirit rover is now stuck, Opportunity is continuing on its long trek to expansive Endeavor crater.
This is all kinds of awesome. The Spirit and Opportunity rovers have exceeded their original mission goals and have provided so much in the way of data and great images of Mars. :wub:
 

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Those rovers are slick. :yesway:

I'm sure they have plans for that, but no funding.
:agreed: It would be sweet for rovers to be all over the moons and terrestrial planets in the solar system, but they are VERY expensive and we just don't have the funding. :shrug:
 
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