Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.

Eight years after landing on Mars for what was planned as a three-month mission, NASA’s enduring Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is working on what essentially became a new mission five months ago.

Opportunity reached a multi-year driving destination, Endeavour Crater, in August 2011. At Endeavour’s rim, it has gained access to geological deposits from an earlier period of Martian history than anything it examined during its first seven years. It also has begun an investigation of the planet’s deep interior that takes advantage of staying in one place for the Martian winter.

Opportunity landed in Eagle Crater on Mars on Jan. 25, 2004, Universal Time and EST (Jan. 24, PST), three weeks after its rover twin, Spirit, landed halfway around the planet. In backyard-size Eagle Crater, Opportunity found evidence of an ancient wet environment. The mission met all its goals within the originally planned span of three months. During most of the next four years, it explored successively larger and deeper craters, adding evidence about wet and dry periods from the same era as the Eagle Crater deposits.

Full Story: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-022

  1. chelseafenwick
    January 25, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    Reblogged this on chelsababe and commented:
    This is quite interesting

  2. January 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    Wow, you’re quick to comment LOL I literally just posted the story, went back to my Inbox and saw that you had posted a comment and reblogged the story LOL I didn’t even have a chance to post it on Facebook or Twitter 😀

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