View Full Version : Opportunity Joins Spirit on Mars

2005-Sep-11, 04:15 AM
SUMMARY: NASA's Opportunity rover successfully landed on the surface of Mars early Sunday morning, giving the agency two successful landings this month. The spacecraft landed in a region of Mars called Meridiani Planum which is on the opposite side of the planet from Gusev Crater. Initial estimates placed the rover about 24 km down range from the centre of the target area, but well within the regions of hematite which could be an indication of past water. Unlike Spirit, Opportunity landed on its side and righted itself when it opened the petals of its lander. Opportunity's airbags aren't blocking the exit ramp, so there won't be a problem when the rover rolls out onto the Martian surface.

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