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Mars Rover Opportunity Marks 11-Year Anniversary With Stunning Photo

 

 

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” NASA’s Opportunity rover celebrated 11 years on Mars Saturday (Jan. 24), and the robot’s handlers are marking the occasion with a gorgeous panoramic photo that Opportunity took of its Red Planet home.

  Opportunity landed on Mars on the night of Jan. 24, 2004, a few weeks after its twin, Spirit, made its Red Planet debut. The rovers were tasked with three-month missions to search for signs of past water activity on the Red Planet. Both Spirit and Opportunity found plenty of such evidence, and then kept rolling long after their warranties expired.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Spirit stopped communicating with Earth in 2010 and was declared dead a year later, but Opportunity is still going strong. The robot has been exploring the rim of the 14-mile-wide (22 kilometers) Endeavour Crater since August 2011, and it crested a rise on the rim known as Cape Tribulation earlier this month. [Latest Mars Rover Photos from Opportunity & Spirit] “

 

Space.com has the whole story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robot Snakes On Mars

 

 

 

” The European Space Agency (ESA) is looking into the idea of sending a snake to Mars in order to help scientists deepen their knowledge about the Red Planet.

Researchers are reportedly developing a snake-like robot that could be paired up with a rover to help future explorers investigate regions that are typically inaccessible. NASA’s Curiosity and Opportunity rovers have had great success helping scientists gather more data about Mars, but clunky wheels prevent the Martian vehicles from exploring nooks and crannies that may hide secrets about the Red Planet’s past. A more versatile snake robot could be the key in attempting to go where no rover has gone before.

“One option is to make the robot into one of the vehicle’s arms, with the ability to disconnect and reconnect itself, so that it can be lowered to the ground, where it can crawl about independently.” “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tracking Mars

Curiosity Makes Its Mark on the Red Planet

 

Beauty Shot

 

” Unlike the Apollo astronauts’ footprints on the moon, Curiosity’s trails will probably be wiped away by the planet’s frequent wind and sand storms. But there is still something so incredible about these little ephemeral marks we are making on another world. “