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Mars Exploration Rovers

tells the story of Spirit and Opportunity, two rovers that are investigating the hills and craters of Mars. See an animation of Spirit's journey from launch pad to Mars. Learn about its instruments. See a slide show of the most detailed images of Mars' surface ever captured. A lesson on the distance and relative size of other planets is included. (NewsHour, National Science Foundation)

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Interesting Fact:

When two solar-powered rovers began their exploration of Mars in early 2004, scientists hoped the vehicles would operate for 90 days. Now, some 900 days later, "Opportunity" and "Spirit" are still at it, offering an exciting window on the planet's present and past.
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