Mars Rover Missions Extended... Again | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

** Airborne 11.26.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.26.14 **
** Airborne 11.24.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.24.14 **
** Airborne 11.21.14 ** HD iPad-Friendly -- Airborne 11.21.14 **

Thu, Apr 07, 2005

Mars Rover Missions Extended... Again

...And Going, And Going, And Going....

NASA has given the twin rovers exploring Mars a new lease on life, extending their operations another 18-months. Like the Energizer Bunny, Spirit and Opportunity keep going... and going... and going....

The two exploration vehicles have already been roaming Mars for more than a year. They gave scientists at the Jet Propulsion Labs in Pasadena, CA, their strongest evidence to date that the Red Planet was once at least partially covered with water. In the universe of unmanned exploration projects, Spirit and Opportunity are superstars.

"The rovers have proven their value with major discoveries about ancient watery environments on Mars that might have harbored life," said Ghassem Asrar, deputy associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. He was quoted by UPI. "We are extending their mission through September 2006 to take advantage of having such capable resources still healthy and in excellent position to continue their adventures."

"Spirit and Opportunity are approaching targets that a year ago seemed well out of reach," said Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, also quoted by UPI. "Their successes strengthen NASA's commitment to a vision with the ambitious targets of returning samples from Mars and sending human explorers to Mars."

FMI: http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home

Advertisement

More News

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (11.26.14)

FAA Aviation Safety Information Analysis And Sharing System (ASIAS) The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) promotes the open exchange of safety information in order to continuou>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (11.26.14): Density Altitude

Pressure altitude corrected for nonstandard temperature. Density altitude is used in computing the performance of an aircraft and its engines.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (11.26.14)

“We hope to never see an event like this again, but, we must be prepared." Source: FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, on the release of the agency's 30 report on the fire at t>[...]

ANN FAQ: It's Alive! ANN REALTIME NewsBug Headlines for YOUR Desktop!

It's For Real! ANN REALTIME NewsBug Released To ANN Readers, Worldwide For those of you using a windows PC (MAC version in the works... we promise), a new REALTIME News Service fro>[...]

Helicopters Still Flying Tourists Over Hudson River

But Activists Continue To Call For A Ban On The Flights A group of activists in New York and New Jersey are still working to have sightseeing flights over New York City and the Hud>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2014 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC