Chris McKitterick (mckitterick) wrote,
Chris McKitterick
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Astro-images of the day: Mars Rovers' missions extended

On October 15, NASA announced that they would once again extend the mission of the "Long-Lived Mars Rovers." Spiritrover and Opportunitygirl have gone above and beyond the call of duty; their original missions were planned to last 90 days... that was back in 2004. Now NASA plans to keep the little rovers busy through at least 2009.

Here's Opportunitygirl now, inside Victoria Crater on Mars (yes, Mars! Mars, people! How cool is that?):

Click the image to see the story.

And here's a map of Spiritrover's travels across the surface of Mars:

Click the image to see the story. Click here to see a giant version of the journey panorama.

I love our little rovers. It was so cool to listen to Donna Shirley present about the Rover program at the special 2004 Campbell Conference - she used to manage the NASA Mars Exploration Program. Incidentally, the Center is now working on (finally!) getting our original Conference recordings from the last several years back from the KU Theater & Film people, and we intend to release new DVDs with the proceedings of the 2004 Conference as well as new DVDs extending the interview series that James Gunn started in the early 1970s.

Best,
Chris
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