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Anatomy of a Mars Rover

  • By Lexi Krock
  • Posted 11.01.08
  • NOVA

In January 2004, Spirit and Opportunity, two identical robotic rovers, entered the martian atmosphere after a seven-month journey from Earth. The twin rovers made one intriguing discovery after another, and they far outlasted their proposed lifespans. Here, examine this hardy pair of robotic geologists and their sophisticated scientific instruments.

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Examine the robotic geologists Spirit and Opportunity and their suite of scientific instruments.

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© Cornell University/NASA/JPL and Dan Maas

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