Nasa Mars rover photographs own shadow

2012-05-24 22:27

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.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-05-25 06:20

    Don't lie. It's not it's own shadow

      Alan - 2012-05-25 09:14

      What is it then? Some Martian's shadow?

  • zaatheist - 2012-05-25 07:37

    Incredible picture. 8 years and it is still running even though the solar panels appear to be covered in dust.

  • zane.zeiler - 2012-05-25 09:09

    Number 5 is alive!

  • rajna1 - 2012-05-25 10:17

    Amazing and beautiful.

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