Monday, May 18, 2009

Spirit and Opportunity Keep on Truckin'


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...

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