Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Durable NASA Rover Beginning Ninth Year of Mars Work

Opportunity's Eighth Anniversary View From 'Greeley Haven' This mosaic of images taken in mid-January 2012 shows the windswept vista northward (left) to northeastward (right) from the location where NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is spending its fifth Martian winter, an outcrop informally named "Greeley Haven." Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell/Arizona State Univ.
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January 24, 2012
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.
MORE: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2012-022&cid=release_2012-022&msource=12022&tr=y&auid=10186211


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