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Mars Rover to Go Down Fighting

January 4, 2010 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Robots

Mars Rover to Go Down Fighting

One of the US’ Mars Exploration Rovers is literally in a quagmire, scheduled for an eventual demise when it loses power. But it’s going down fighting, flashing a big middle finger to the robotic equivalent of death.

Five Mars rovers have been sent to… Mars. While the two launched by the Soviets (Mars 2 and 3) crashed, the next three launched by the US decades later all landed and explored the surface of the red planet successfully.
The first, the Mars Pathfinder, stopped reporting back to earth nearly three months after its July 4, 1997 landing. The newer duet of Mars Exploration …read more

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