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Patrusky Lecture: Spirit and Opportunity: The Mars Exploration Rover Project

Topic: Space Exploration
Mars explorers Spirit and Opportunity
Mars explorers Spirit and Opportunity. Image: NASA
Sunday, October 27, 2019 -
2:00pm to 3:10pm

In January of 2004, twin robotic explorers named Spirit and Opportunity landed on Mars. Planned to operate for just 90 days, their mission lasted for more than 14 years. Its objective was to search for evidence of past water on Mars, and to determine if Mars ever had conditions that would have been suitable for life. Steven Squyres will provide a summary of the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, from their initial conception through their development, launch, landing, and operations on the surface of Mars, and his thoughts on planetary exploration in the 21st century.




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