Mars rover “Opportunity”: the 90-day mission length of 10 years




When NASA launched Mars rover “Opportunity” July 7, 2003, expectations were modest. Rover was intended to hold 90 days to study the Martian surface of the red planet to collect samples of soil and rocks, make a panorama of Mars might find something interesting. Since then 10 years have passed, and the potential of the “Opportunity” is still not extinguished, and the rover’s heart beating.

We can not say that the journey was very easy. Despite the fact that the share of “Opportunity” do not drop the same sufferings as “Spiritu”, had its share of problems. A little more than two months trapped rover spent the sand dunes and the operators long, inch by inch, trying to “dig” him out of the trap. Arose and mechanical problems, not to mention the elementary alone.

But despite all the hardships, “Opportunity” drove about 30 kilometers to the surface of Mars in 3449 days. Among his discoveries: the first meteorite found outside the Earth’s temperature characteristic of the Martian atmosphere, tiny iron-rich spheres, which was called “blueberries”, reminiscent of the days when Mars was full of water . Moreover, perhaps the most important discovery of the “Opportunity” has made in the past month. The rover found a stone that confirms the fact that the Martian water once was drinking. This only proves that once on the red planet could be life.

The mission of “Opportunity” is still far from complete. Small rover will work, conduct your measurements as long as it will not break or get stuck, well, or NASA will lose funding once and for all.

Now the priority is to explore Mars lies on the shoulders “Kyuriositi”, who in his short career so far the rover has made so many discoveries that will last for ten years. Will he be able to repeat the feat “Kyuriositi?” What will the next ten years of the study planets?

But in honor of the “Kyuriositi” even released a set of LEGO .
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