This timelapse video condenses the Mars Rover Spirit’s entire five-year journey into three
minutes, using 3,418 frames from the rover’s front-right hazcam.
Spirit traveled nearly five miles between 2004 and 2010, heading up and down Husband Hill and crossing Gusev Crater.
Sadly, the rover had to be shut down when its components failed during the cold Martian winter and it became stuck.
A new Mars Rover, Curiosity, launches later this week.
The rover will take off aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air
Force Station, and is expected to arrive at Mars’ Gale Crater in August
2012. From there, it will begin a two-year search for evidence that
Mars was once able to support microbial life.
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