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Mars Rovers [Oct. 26th, 2006|09:10 am]
The Mars rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, continue their successful work on the red planet. In fact, today, Spirit passed 1000 sols*, which is over ten times longer than the rovers were expected and designed to survive. (Granted, they have developed some problems, but they certainly aren't disabled yet.)

Opportunity, meanwhile, was recently sighted by the Mars Reconnaisance Orbiter, providing a top-down view of the rover's area. (Here's a closeup)

Cheers to the NASA rover teams! To celebrate their success, there's also a great Onion article. :)

*sol: a Martian day, about 40 minutes longer than an Earth day

[User Picture]From: dustykat
2006-10-26 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm working at Moffett field now and have Nasa Mars teams right down the hall from me.

Kinda ko wink e dink.

This is cool
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-10-26 04:28 pm (UTC)
How awesome! You can tell them that a citizen and science geek applauds their work. :D
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[User Picture]From: bosn
2006-10-27 02:36 am (UTC)
I guess you havent been keeping up on the news.

Mars Rover Beginning To Hate Mars
Unmanned Vehicle 'Bored Out Of Its Mind'

October 24, 2006 | Issue 42•43

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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-10-27 02:39 am (UTC)
Ummm... I linked to that same article in my post. :P
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[User Picture]From: bosn
2006-10-27 02:46 am (UTC)

I'm leaving this post on to show everyone how dense I am today.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-10-27 04:54 pm (UTC)
Heh. S'okay... My typical spaceout LJ goof is misreading whose journal I'm in and posting an inappropriate comment.
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