September 13, 2007


On Mars, the rovers Spirit and Opportunity were in danger of failing because of a massive months-long dust storm that engulfed them both. The amount of dust in the air severely restricted their ability to generate electricity from their solar panels, so NASA controllers put both into hibernation mode. Even so, there was a real danger of one or both of the rovers shutting down for good.

But these little guys are tough!

NASA's Mars rovers Opportunity and Spirit have resumed their three-year-old mission after surviving giant dust storms that nearly destroyed the twin robots, the US space agency said.

The rovers, which arrived on the Red Planet in January 2004 on a mission that was originally supposed to last three months, had been placed in hibernation mode in July to protect them from the Martian dust storms.

Three plus years into a scheduled three month mission. Amazing.

Posted by Ted at September 13, 2007 11:31 AM | TrackBack
Category: Space Program

The more technical I get, the more I'm positively amazed by feats of engineering.

Posted by: Mad William Flint at September 13, 2007 11:59 AM

I could seriously listen to this for 30 minutes straight!

Posted by: Vicini at January 18, 2013 03:54 PM

I am wanting to know if there is a map site that gives multiple routes to get to one town to another?

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