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Opportunity Successfully Lands Too!

Posted 27 Jan 2004 at 03:49 UTC by The Swirling Brain Share This

New Scientist says that the Second Mars rover, Opportunity, has landed successfully on geologist's dream location on Mars. Nasa is two for two with the previous rover Spirit landing successfully! Although, there is less fanfair, Opportunity is already pleasing the masses by sending back great photos of Mars' surface. Unfortunately, the Spirit rover has already stopped communicating. Hopefully, Opportunity will last longer. ESA's Beagle never did respond, and Japan's Nazomi was directed away from Mars. Perhaps in the future, according to Bush's plan we may someday have humans on Mars.


two things..., posted 27 Jan 2004 at 05:46 UTC by NateW » (Master)

First of all, I highly recommend this web page for regularly-updated information about the Mars landers:
http://www.spaceflightnow.com/mars/mera/status.html

Second, Spririt is apparently not as bad off as was feared when the 'stopped communicating' article was written. Recent reports say they're hoping to have Spirit back to full operation in about three weeks, so it might just be a temporary setback.

Actually, make that three things. That's the view from Opportunity at the moment.

More good news r.e. Spirit, posted 28 Jan 2004 at 04:53 UTC by NateW » (Master)

Thanks for the link., posted 16 Feb 2004 at 22:39 UTC by roschler » (Master)

Thanks for the link NateW. I've been searching for something like that for a while now.

-ro

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