This image taken at Meridiani Planum, shows NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity's wheels in their stowed configuration. As January 28, 2004, the rover had deployed its wheels and completed the first half of the stand-up process.

This animation strings together images from the rover's front hazard-identification camera taken during the first half of the stand-up process of the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity at Meridiani Planum, Mars. The first frame shows the rover's wheels tucked under in pre-stand-up position. The following frames show the first two stages of the stand-up process, in which the rover elevates itself and unfolds the wheels.

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