Saturday, April 9, 2005

Viking Crater

With very little fanfare and almost no public recognition, the two Mars Rovers (Spirit and Opportunity) recently got funding for 18 more months of Martian exploration. These amazing little robots have been scuttling around on the Martian surface for 15 months already, even though their "design lifetime" was a mere 3 months. Nobody knows if they'll last another 18 months — it would be pretty amazing if they did — but now they've got funding to keep collecting science information as long as they do last.

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