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Software on Mars

Spirit rover's arm and surroundings on Mars

NASA's ill-fated Spirit used its front hazard-avoidance camera to record this forward view of its arm and surroundings during the rover's 2,052nd day on Mars (Oct. 11, 2009).

Credit: JPL-Caltech / NASA

With the AEGIS system, the Mars Exploration Rovers can autonomously select, capture, and analyze images using onboard logic.

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