posted on May, 25 2005 @ 04:07 PM
Jesus H Crist.
The rovers indeed outlasted their design lifetime. This in itlsef is an achievement. They also provided about same amount of data as a manned mission
would. Heck, if they were scaled up to the weight of a manned vehicle, that would be a world-class lab and they would have outdone the humans
The experience with this rovers in invaluable. Future exploration vehicles will benefit from it.
It's just amazing how casually people brush off the feat of landing a sophisticated robot on a hostile world a billion miles away, which went on to
send pretty solid scientific data and pictures. Gosh. You ever studied engineering?
Kudos to NASA.