Mars Rovers make it for 5years

The first robot, named Spirit, landed on 3 January, 2004, followed by its twin, Opportunity, 21 days later.It was hoped the robots would work for at least three months; but their longevity in the freezing Martian conditions has surprised everyone.

The first robot, named Spirit, landed on 3 January, 2004, followed by its twin, Opportunity, 21 days later.It was hoped the robots would work for at least three months; but their longevity in the freezing Martian conditions has surprised everyone.The rovers’ data has revealed much about the history of water at Mars’ equator billions of years ago.

Together, the rovers have driven more than 20km, and returned more than 36 gigabytes of data. This has included a quarter of a million images.Spirit is exploring a 150km-wide bowl-shaped depression known as Gusev Crater. It has found an abundance of rocks and soils bearing evidence of extensive exposure to water.Opportunity is on the other side of the planet, in a flat region known as Meridiani Planum.

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