NASA to Send Two Rovers to Mars in 2003 : 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.

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-- FactFinder (, August 10, 2000


The Martians will be very pissed

-- (, August 10, 2000.

Good news FF.

When Climate Orbiter & Polar Lander failed my heart sank.

2003? Yeah, I can make that.

-- Carlos (, August 11, 2000.

They better make sure those Rovers do not have firestone tires.

-- FutureShock (gray@matter.think), August 11, 2000.

If we can survive till then, 2003 should be interesting, "live" images from mars on the Internet!

-- FactFinder (, August 11, 2000.

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