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2004-Jan-31, 03:36 PM
SUMMARY: NASA's Opportunity rover successfully rolled off its lander today and out onto the Martian surface - both rovers are now firmly on Martian soil. The commands to drive were given Saturday morning, and cheers erupted at JPL when the first images came back showing tracks in the dust back to the lander. "We're two for two! One dozen wheels on the soil." JPL's Chris Lewicki, flight director, announced to the control room. The flight team ended up only requiring seven days to get Opportunity off the lander, compared to twelve days for Spirit.

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2004-Jan-31, 08:19 PM
I was so happy that Opportunity had rolled off its lander & onto the surface of Mars 24 hours earlier than planned a week ago! :) It really does seem like a good omen for this 2nd Rover!

My heartfelt congratulations to the NASA/JPL teams who are working around the clock this week! Well done! :)

2004-Feb-02, 04:44 PM
Woo hoo! :D

2004-Feb-03, 10:47 AM
Edit: Posted in wrong topic. (where's the delete button?)

2004-Feb-04, 06:12 PM
:) It is good news that Opportunity is working and sending back pics of mars.

I have a guestion how long dose it tack for a comande to reach mars from earth?