Plucky Martian Rover Scales Martian Peak

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  1. John Nelson

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    Well, Spirit, the plucky Mars Explorer Rover that is well past its warranty, has finally reached the summit of the martian peak it has been scaling. Spirit is now at the top of Husband Hill, the tallest peak among the hills that were visible on the horizon when it first touched down on the plains of Gusev crater a year and a half ago. Over the next few days, the rover team will position it and take a high resolution color panoramic photo from the summit high above the Martian plains. Am I the only one who thinks this totally cool, or what?
    http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.gov/home/index.html

    Looking down from on high:
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    "cool" definitely doesn't give this accomplishment enough merit.... how about "totally cool" !

    Amazing stuff - JPL, NASA, etc definitely needed this win. Can't wait as more detailed video is released.
     
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    Some of the photos from the summit show a huge dust devil on the plain below. I've seen some (unofficial) panoramas put together by enthusiasts from the photos already available and the view is spectacular!

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    large version.
     
  4. John Nelson

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    The movies of the dust devils that they now have at the Mars Exploration Rover homesite are fascinating. In the photo above you can see two dust devils and the larger one's shadow even. Makes it easy to imagine all the activity you would see were you standing on that peak looking down onto the plains of Gusev Crater. Incredible, fascinating stuff. I hope they get a good quality color panorama from up there (they haven't taken all that many so far [​IMG] ) and a good 3D shot too.
     
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    Some of the other dust devil stills are pretty spectacular too:

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    Wow, not a word about this on the news. I thought those rovers were history.
     
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    Absolutely not.

    And how could anyone think that these machines were "history"? The rovers have been making headlines ever since they landed; updates are constantly posted on the Web. No one even speculates any longer how long the machines will last. Surface winds on Mars apparently are keeping the solar panels reasonably clean and able to function.
     
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    I liked this part:

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    I guess we should call it 'Gilligan' (3 hour tour)
     
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    > And how could anyone think that these machines were "history"?

    Because the mainstream news hasn't mentioned them in months? The only thing they've covered recently related to space is the shuttle or the space station.

    And aren't the rovers past their scheduled lifespans?
     
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    Yes, and they are being covered in the mainstream media. In fact, PBS's NOVA recently did an update on them (within the past two months). And, the machines seem to be getting decent coverage in the Los Angeles Times.
     
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    Some major league horn tooin's goin on there, Jack...[​IMG]
     
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    As Paul states above, Day 590+ of a 90 day mission. Spectacular ! I love it when a plan comes together [​IMG]
     

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