Monday, May 18, 2009
Remember those rovers NASA sent to Mars five years ago? Well, they have far surpassed the 90-day mission life they were expected to have.
The Mars Exploration Rover Mission has been successful beyond anyone's wildest imaginings, short of stumbling across a nest of aliens.
Opportunity and Spirit are both alive and well and chugging along. Space.com has a nice site following their mission.
They've each had their problems: a couple busted wheel servos, and decreased power due to dust covering the solar arrays. But they still work just fine. A little slower, perhaps, but no less reliable.
So don't forget the little rovers on the Red Planet. Chances are they'll be all alone up there for quite some time yet...
Posted by Jerry Battiste at 7:01 PM