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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  • 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.

  • Hillary

    This rock outcropping was named after the first man to climb Mt. Everest, Edmund Hillary.

  • signs of water

    Opportunity recently took this photo of an outcrop called "Olympia" along the Erebus crater. The rocks were shaped mainly by windblown sediments, but some are also thought to have formed in damp conditions.

Topic: Processors

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