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01/04/2009 10:00 PM ID: 75975 Permalink   

Mars Rovers Turn 5

 

The Mars rover Spirit has turned five years old, proving a longevity never thought possible when the probe first landed on the Red Planet on the 3es of January, 2004. Its sister rover, Opportunity, landed 3 weeks later.

NASA's John Callas said: "These rovers are incredibly resilient considering the extreme environment the hardware experiences every day. We realise that a major rover component on either vehicle could fail at any time and end a mission..."

The pair of rovers have revealed much about the history of water on Mars, including data sbout the Red Planet's equator billions of years ago. Spirit is currently exploring the Gusev crater, while Opportunity is in a flat region.

 
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  8 Comments
  
  Cool.  
 
Maybe if someone at one of the US car manufacturers took a cue from the guys who built these rovers, people might actually want to pay real money for one of their cars again.
 
  by: Mister crank     01/05/2009 04:56 AM     
  yeah  
 
but if the cars don't break who will buy new ones?
 
  by: Trevelyan   01/05/2009 08:13 AM     
  @mistercrank  
 
i hope you mean ALL automakers not just the big 3.

because honda, kia, toyota, hyundai and so on break down too dont ya know?
 
  by: cray0la     01/05/2009 10:15 AM     
  @Trevelyan  
 
Good point.
 
  by: VermiciousG     01/05/2009 02:53 PM     
  sweet  
 
5 years and they are still operational. I bet the designers have been creaming their pants for the past 4 years and 364 days.
 
  by: rj712   01/05/2009 05:19 PM     
  Amazing  
 
Considering these rovers were designed to last 90 days, this is quite an accomplishment.
 
  by: testeng     01/05/2009 06:33 PM     
  NASA  
 
obviously has no idea how long they will last.
 
  by: H. W. Hutchins   01/05/2009 06:37 PM     
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Not designed to last. Just built that way.
 
  by: VermiciousG     01/05/2009 08:50 PM     
 
 
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