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Martian Dance

by Patrick Woida

September 30, 2008 -
After giving us some 23,000 images, we finally have a picture of the Stereo Surface Imager (SSI) on Mars. Two cameras, the SSI and Robotic Arm Camera (RAC) twisted around in a coordinated dance to take images of each other. The RAC checked the SSI windows and SSI confirmed the RAC for LED function and cover operation. The only thing missing from the images of all the wonderful landscapes, trenches, and instrument checkouts during the last 116 sols was a picture of the SSI itself in the Mars environment.