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Thread: Discussion: One Month Until Spirit Lands

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    SUMMARY: NASA's twin rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, are still on track to reach the Red Planet in early January. Spirit, which launched first, is scheduled to arrive on the evening of January 3, 2004 near the centre of Gusev Crater, which might have held a lake in the past. The spacecraft will jettison its cruise stage 15 minutes before hitting the top of the Martian atmosphere, and then will slow down to only 1,500 kph before deploying its parachute. 20 seconds later its retrorockets will fire and the spacecraft will cushion its final few metres with an airbag. The rover will then spend three months exploring the Martian surface.

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    Wil they explore the face or pyramids on Mars?

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    I'd be very surprised if they send anything to Cydonia on the strength of those photos, especially since it's been shown the "face" is just shadows

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