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2005-01-04 01:25:00

JPL -- NASA lit a birthday candle today for its twin Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity. The Spirit rover begins its second year on Mars investigating puzzling rocks unlike any found earlier. The rovers successfully completed their three-month primary missions in April. They astound even their designers with how well they continue operating. The unanticipated longevity is allowing both rovers to reach additional destinations and to keep making discoveries. Spirit landed on Jan. 3...

2005-01-03 09:00:00

Counting down the top ten astrobiology stories for 2004 highlights the accomplishments of those exploring Mars, Saturn, comets, and planets beyond Pluto. Number four in this countdown was the Spirit mission to Mars. Astrobiology Magazine -- One of the primary goals of the rover missions was to learn once and for all if liquid water ever existed on the red planet. Of the twin rovers, the Opportunity rover has found clues to briny lakes or even a sea on the opposite side of Mars compared to...

2004-12-02 08:00:00

The rovers Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring the surface of Mars for nearly a year. Principal investigator for the science package on the Mars Exploration Rovers, Steve Squyres, talks about the future of the Spirit rover and what has been learned so far from its exploration of Gusev Crater. Astrobiology Magazine -- The rovers Spirit and Opportunity have been exploring the surface of Mars for nearly a year. Among their many discoveries, the rovers have found evidence that liquid water...

Word of the Day
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.