Nasa Mars rover photographs own shadow

2012-05-24 22:27
Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University, AP)

Mars Rover Opportunity catches its own late-afternoon shadow in a view eastward across Endeavour Crater on Mars. (NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State University, AP)

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Los Angeles - Even robots like to have fun. Nasa's rover on Mars showed off its playful side by snapping a photo of its own shadow. It's the latest self-portrait since the rover, named Opportunity, landed on the red planet in 2004.

The photo was taken in March, and the US space agency released it this week. The solar-powered rover was at the rim of a massive crater. The late afternoon sun set the crater aglow, and Opportunity waited for just the right lighting to send a postcard back to Earth.

After nearly five months in one spot, the rover is rolling again to explore more rocks.

Its twin, Spirit, stopped communicating in 2010.

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