Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What took you so long? Mars rover nears end of three year, 11 mile journey to the edge of giant crater

What took you so long? Mars rover nears end of three year, 11 mile journey to the edge of giant crater

Nasa's Opportunity Mars rover is nearing the end of a nearly three year trek across the red planet on the latest part of its marathon exploration mission.
The rover - on Mars since 2004 - is headed for the 14 mile wide Endeavour crater, where NASA scientists hope to explore ancient rocks in their continuing hunt for life on the barren surface.
Opportunity is headed for a place called Spirit point, named in honour of its sister rover which ceased communication and was declared lost May 24.