PIA05087: Rover Rehearses Roll-Off at JPL
Mission: Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
Spacecraft: Spirit
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Produced By: JPL
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Footage from the JPL In-Situ Instruments Laboratory, or "testbed," shows engineers rehearsing a crucial maneuver called egress in which the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit rolls off its lander platform and touches martian soil. Engineers at JPL used a test rover to perform this maneuver as if they were at the rover's landing site, Gusev Crater on Mars. Spirit successfully completed its roll-off early Thursday morning.

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