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13 January 2009 @ 08:11 am
Five-year mission  
...to explore strange new worlds...

Happy anniversary to spiritrover and opportunitygrrl! Still exploring Mars five years into their 90-day mission!

Here's a cool video summarizing the mission so far: http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/Rovers_5_years/
dd-bdd_b on January 13th, 2009 06:07 pm (UTC)
And unlike *some* five-year missions, they completed five full years!

(And greatly in excess of design lifetime. Boy, imagine how much lighter they could have been, or how many other functions they could have had, if they'd realized they were this badly over-built!!!! :-) )
markbournemarkbourne on January 13th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
Sing along!

Rovin', rovin', rovin',
Look at where they're going,
Keep them robots rovin',
Rocks and wind and sunsets,
Hell-bent, oh you bet,
Wishin' some bug would walk on by.
All those sign of water,
Ice maybe, dig, we ought'er,
I'm looking at the pictures, oh my!

Build some more, send 'em up,
Send 'em up, build some more,
Build some more, send 'em up,
Land 'em down, rove 'em round,
Rove 'em round, land 'em down,
Let's go there, ride 'em now,
.: hhw :.: cat and girl and librarianhhw on January 13th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
One of Spirit's drivers has started blogging his notes from the first days of the mission:

http://marsandme.blogspot.com and syndicated on LJ as marsandme