Sunday, January 11, 2009

The probes Spirit and Opportunity go on exploring Mars, 5 (Earth) years after arrival. Their projected longevity was just 3 months.

In mid-2007 one of Spirit's wheels got stuck, so Spirit has been dragging it since. This, together with dust accumulation on the solar panels, has restricted somewhat how much it can wander.

Opportunity, on the other hand, is thriving. As summertime approaches with its solar energy bounty, it is set to do a 15 Km overland trip to an interesting crater named Endeavor. Good luck!

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