Mars rovers near five years of science and discovery
December 29, 2008
NASA rovers Spirit and Opportunity may still have big achievements ahead as they approach the fifth anniversaries of their memorable landings on Mars.
No one predicted the team would still be operating both rovers in 2009 when Spirit landed on January 3, 2004, and 21 days later when Opportunity followed suit.
“The American taxpayer was told three months for each rover was the prime mission plan,” said Ed Weiler, associate administrator for NASA’s Science Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington. “The twins have worked almost 20 times that long. That’s an extraordinary return on investment in these challenging budgetary times.”
Tonight is the Astronomical Society Meeting, and it’s raining this morning, Hope it clears up!