Photos: Mars rovers still churning

Photos: Mars rovers still churning

Summary: Spirit and Opportunity mark a first anniversary on the red planet--well past their original 90-day life expectancy.

TOPICS: Processors

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  • traverse course

    Early in the mission, scientists plotted a traverse course that would take Spirit up "Husband Hill." The route was chosen so that the rover's solar panels would face the Sun and the antenna would point toward Earth.

  • reaching the summit

    After a long climb, Spirit reached the summit of "Husband Hill" and captured never-before-seen views of the Gusev Crater.

  • first woman driver

    Researcher Ashley Stroupe uses an oversize sand box to practice guiding the rovers on the Martian terrain. The earthbound "driver" must develop step-by-step instructions, then run the commands and hope for the best.

Topic: Processors

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