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aurorae
2003-Apr-15, 09:54 PM
Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes well this year...

http://www.cnn.com/2003/TECH/space/04/15/mars.rovers.ap/index.html

Glom
2003-Apr-15, 10:16 PM
Good thing they found that when they did.

Let's also keep fingers crossed for Beagle 2.

ToSeek
2003-Apr-16, 07:08 PM
Let's also keep fingers crossed for Beagle 2.

Speaking of which:

Dental drill to Mars (http://www.spaceflightnow.com/news/n0304/15marsdrill/)

ToSeek
2003-Apr-16, 07:11 PM
And an article about the technology on the Rovers (http://www.space.com/businesstechnology/technology/rover_overview_030416.html)

This Is Your Brain On FOX
2003-Apr-20, 04:59 AM
I got to see those being assembled at JPL in February, I was able to take pictures.

If it is possible to post pictures here I could

CalabashCorolla
2003-Apr-22, 01:28 AM
Hopefully all will go well with both MER launches, because a problem with the Delta launch vehicle that will carry both the MER-B and SIRTF (Space Infrared Telescope Facility) machines was recently found, bumping the SIRTF lauch back to this August, since the lauch window for the MER missions is much tighter due to Mars-Earth alignment issues. The world needs some good space news right now in the worst way...
For more info, check out www.space.com. Peace out.

Reacher
2003-Apr-23, 01:45 AM
If it is possible to post pictures here I could

it is possible!... im just not sure how... ask someone else.

ToSeek
2003-Apr-29, 03:04 PM
Rovers repaired and ready to go (http://www.spaceref.com/news/viewsr.html?pid=9002)

Grand Vizier
2003-Apr-29, 04:40 PM
Hopefully all will go well with both MER launches, because a problem with the Delta launch vehicle that will carry both the MER-B and SIRTF (Space Infrared Telescope Facility) machines was recently found, bumping the SIRTF lauch back to this August, since the lauch window for the MER missions is much tighter due to Mars-Earth alignment issues. The world needs some good space news right now in the worst way...

All these delays *are* frustrating. Delayed missions I can think of:

SIRTF
MER-1
MER-2
Rosetta (Big delay)
Smart-1 (ESA moon probe)
MUSES-C (Japanese asteroid probe)

Not to speak of Nozomi - the Japanese Mars probe that has had to go the long way round.

As far as I know, Mars Express and Deep Impact are still on schedule. And it's a relief to see that GALEX got away without a hitch.

Perhaps, after the recent spate of 'mission anomalies' (I don't mean just Columbia, but Ariane 5 Heavy, the failed Proton comsat launch and, of course, Contour), everyone's jumpy and ultra-cautious. They're probably right - as you say, we need some good news, even if it's delayed...

ToSeek
2003-Apr-30, 01:17 PM
Mars Rover webcast (http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/webcast/mars/countdown-to-mars.cfm), tomorrow (May 1) at 1 pm EDT, 10 am PDT.

Moose
2003-Apr-30, 02:56 PM
I got to see those being assembled at JPL in February, I was able to take pictures.

If it is possible to post pictures here I could

If you email them to me at the address that should be in my profile, I'll put them up on my server for you at first opportunity, then email you the URLs so you can present them at your leisure.

(Don't send them from an MSN or AOL account though, my spam filter is working them over with a 2x4 at the moment.)

sarongsong
2003-Jul-08, 03:29 AM
First Hour, 7/7/03, 10 PM PST:
Richard Hoagland will give an update on the Mars Rover, the Shuttle, and a Roswell discovery.
http://coasttocoastam.com/shows/2003/07/07.html#tesla

Byrd
2003-Jul-08, 04:18 AM
http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/ap20030707_2070.html

Whew!

ToSeek
2003-Aug-07, 08:46 PM
Instrument failure on Spirit (http://www.floridatoday.com/news/space/stories/2003b/080703rover.htm)

sarongsong
2003-Aug-07, 10:51 PM
Where Spirit and Opportunity are now:
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/mission/spiritrightnow.html

ToSeek
2003-Nov-05, 05:40 PM
All science instruments now working as expected: Mars Rover Spirit Mission Status (http://www.spacedaily.com/news/mars2003-03v.html)

Espritch
2003-Nov-06, 12:24 AM
From the article about the technology of the rovers:

After 90 days, researchers expect dust build-up on the MER solar arrays to impact the rover's power supply and ability to conduct experiments.

You'd think with all the money they spent on these, someone could have sprung for some windshield wipers. :wink:

Kaptain K
2003-Nov-06, 11:43 AM
Or a compressor, a tank, and an articulated arm with a nozzle to blow away the dust. 8)

Donnie B.
2003-Nov-06, 02:24 PM
Maybe they can get Marvin's good-for-nothing brother to come around with a squirt bottle and squeegee when they're stopped at an intersection... 8-[

ToSeek
2003-Dec-03, 05:30 PM
One month to first landing (http://www.floridatoday.com/news/space/stories/2003b/120303editorial.htm)