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Back in 2010, XKCD's Randall Munroe devoted a surprisingly moving webcomic to Spirit, NASA's ill-fated and ultimately abandoned Mars rover. Today's comic is about Spirit's twin, the apparently indomitable Opportunity, and its tone is markedly less sentimental.
Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity have rolled their way into a special place in our hearts, as the first of our rovers to kick-off our exploration of other planets. But this six-limbed, flying rover with the ability to break apart into two separate robots definitely has us intrigued.
When a rock suddenly appeared in front of the Opportunity rover on Mars last month, scientists were puzzled. Now, scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab say they've solved the mystery.
Ten years ago today, the Opportunity rover landed on Mars. In this newly released retrospective, NASA engineers reflect on the challenges they've faced keeping this intrepid little rover roving well beyond its original 90-day mission.
A mysterious rock suddenly appeared in front of the Opportunity rover's cameras on Mars, puzzling scientists who describe the rock as both "a total surprise" and "about the size of a jelly donut."
On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionize our understanding of the Red Planet.
Those long dark stretches of highway out in the middle of nowhere without any streetlights might soon be a thing of the past thanks to the engineers and designers at the Netherlands-based Kaal Masten. They've created the Spirit, a standalone solar-powered streetlight that gets all the energy it needs from the sun, so…
Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of twin rover Spirit in 2011, Opportunity rallied and kept trekking, only to recently discover a fascinating rock near Endurance Crater.
Intentional or no, this is pretty funny. Don't even pretend like you're above it. Because you're not.
How does Curiosity compare to NASA's other roving Martian robots?
Here's a freshly-updated infographic by SPACE.com's Karl Tate, illustrating the distances driven by various rovers on the Moon and Mars.
Harsh words from Randall Munroe's XKCD regarding the achievements of America's space program. To be fair, he was good to follow up his diss by noting that "[NASA's Mars rovers] Spirit and Opportunity are pretty awesome. And Kepler. And New Horizons, Cassini, Curiosity, TiME, and Project M."
The Muppets' Dr. Bunsen Honeydew considers himself the foremost pioneer in crazy scientific endeavors. So when NASA landed the Rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, Bunsen was understandably miffed. Still he was classy enough to send a letter of congratulations to the team, along with his offer of help.
This image was captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter while flying over the Bonneveille Crater on January 29, 2012. There's a spaceship hidden in plain view, sightly red because of the planet's dust. Can you see it?
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk around on Mars? For 99.99999% of us, this may be as close as we ever get. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has given us the honor of taking the lid off of this awesome, interactive eye-candy. Basically it's Google Earth, for Mars.
In August of 2012, NASA's biggest, baddest, and most scientifically capable rover ever, Curiosity, will touch down on the surface of Mars.
For decades, humanity has been launching missions to Mars, in hopes of making sense of the enigma that is our solar system's most Earth-like planet. And as with all good mysteries, many of our investigations have simply led to more questions.
Even as its twin goes dark, Opportunity soldiers on unabated: The plucky NASA Mars rover, on planet for seven years now, just passed an impressive 30-kilometer milestone.
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