Latest News About Mars Rovers Opportunity and Spirit
Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity are 6-wheeled, remotely operated explorers on the planet Mars. Learn more about Mars exploration and how the Spirit and Opportunity rovers are doing.
"To a certain extent, you make your own luck," says Rover boss Steve Squyres. The bet his team places, by placing one rover down on the plains of Meridiani, begins to pay big immediately; filling in whole chapters of Mars' water story.
Yes, they're identical twins. But they've gone in very different directions; done diverse things, in distinctive ways. Members of the Rovers' human family describe dealing with these two robotic characters in their singular situations on Mars.
"You really get the sense you can feel those Rovers," claims Arthur Amador as he and other mission managers put themselves in their robotic children's' places: Safe driving from 100 million miles away, across a gulf of complex software and hardware.
How does it feel to be standing on another world; one you've thought and dreamed about for decades? Emotional stories of the most poignant pictures from the Mars Exploration Rovers' Panoramic Cameras told by Jim Bell, imaging leader.
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit mysteriously rebooted its computer twice over the weekend; mission controllers are examining data sent back by Spirit to see if they can diagnose the problem behind the glitch.
It's a nasty surprise. Scientists target what they think is an old lake-bed. But all Spirit can find is volcanic lava; at least at first. Then their luck changes...
Spirit and Opportunity head for next targets; how long they'll last is anyone's guess.
ESA's Mars Express finds concentration of rust in Aram Chaos crater.
Opportunity's camera caught its first glimpse of the rover's next target, Endeavour Crater.
Update for Google Mars 3-D gives access to raw spacecraft data from NASA.
The 10 most groundbreaking science missions NASA's ever sent to space.
Loose soil piled against a low plateau has blocked NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Spirit from taking the shortest route to its summer destinations.
The Mars rover Spirit more power under its hood thanks to some Martian winds.
New theory proposes ice fields responsible for sulfate deposits of Meridiani Planum.
Mounds found on Mars resemble Earth hot springs, but case isn't closed yet.
NASA and Google launched Google Mars 3D for users to explore Mars via computer.