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Three Minutes = Three Years

Cue the Lawrence of Arabia theme. Actually, I prefer the soundtrack that the Mars Exploration Rover team used for this time-lapse video showing Opportunity’s 13-mile trek from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater.

Cue the Lawrence of Arabia theme. Actually, I prefer the soundtrack that the Mars Exploration Rover team used for this time-lapse video showing Opportunity’s 13-mile trek from Victoria crater to Endeavour crater. They took accelerometer data from the rover and converted it to audible sound, which gets louder when the robot is moving over rocky ground, and quieter when it’s crossing sand dunes. The trip to Endeavour took three years, compressed here to three minutes. Here’s a view from Opportunity‘s navigation camera, taken just last Monday.

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