Rover Spirit Exploration lands on Mars

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Illustration from an article titled This Day In History: the iSpirit / iExploration Rover landing on Mars

Photo: Robin Beck / Agence France-Presse (Getty Images)

January 3, 2004, Rover exploration Mars Soul I started making history. It landed on the Red Planet for the first time, launching one of NASA’s longest and most successful missions – and Earthlings helped us better understand the wonderful universe we live in.

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Soul And his twins joined him Chance Three weeks later, the rovers discovered the possibility of water on the planet as a result of rock tests. The landing site of the second probe appears to have the same characteristics as the sea floor.

The main mission was supposed to last 90 Martian days, or 90 Mars days, but the rovers were so durable that they roamed the planet for several years to collect data.

To give you an example of how much Soul Done, let’s talk about distance. NASA only wanted to cover 600 meters, or 0.4 miles. Instead, score 7.73 km, Or 4.8 miles. As a result, NASA has been able to collect tons of geological information on the planet, much more than expected. This is the mission that made humans dream about colonizing Mars.

we learned too much. We have learned that Mars has dust demons just like we do on Earth. We were able to better map the surface of Mars, as well as better understand the types of materials each section is made of. It was a great job in every sense of the word.

Unfortunately, on May 1, 2009, Soul Stuck in soft sand. It wasn’t the first time this had happened during the mission, and the rover managed to function as a static analysis tool for a while while NASA tried to figure out how to take it off. It never happened. On January 26, 2010, NASA announced that it would probably never be relocated. Chance Keep exploring.

Just two months later, Soul Stop sending to NASA. Fourteen months later, NASA announced that it was no longer trying to contact the rover, describing its mission as complete.





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