NASA to Send Two Rovers to Mars in 2003greenspun.com : LUSENET : TB2K spinoff uncensored : One Thread
WASHINGTON (States News Service) -- Promising an ambitious course for Mars exploration after recent mission setbacks, NASA will send twin rovers to Mars in 2003 -- an unprecedented goal -- to roam the surface in search of ancient signs of water, the agency announced Thursday.
The identical, golf-cart-sized craft -- described as the "sport utility vehicle of Mars Rovers" -- will be launched within months (the first on May 22, the second on June 4) to radically different landing sites that each may contain signs of water.
Adding a second rover to Mars will bring "double the science at half the cost of the first mission," said NASA Associate Administrator for Space Science Ed Weiler.
The full story: http://www.space.com/scienceastronomy/solarsystem/mars_rovers_000810.html
-- FactFinder (FactFinder@bzn.com), August 10, 2000
The Martians will be very pissed
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Good news FF.
When Climate Orbiter & Polar Lander failed my heart sank.
2003? Yeah, I can make that.
-- Carlos (firstname.lastname@example.org), August 11, 2000.
They better make sure those Rovers do not have firestone tires.
-- FutureShock (email@example.com), August 11, 2000.
If we can survive till then, 2003 should be interesting, "live" images from mars on the Internet!
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