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It was the fourth and possibly last time the course has been adjusted for the six-wheeled robot. Such adjustments become necessary as the craft gets closer to its destination.
Spirit is being sent to Gusev Crater, a depression the size of Connecticut that scientists believe once held a lake. It is set to land Saturday.
Spirit is one half of a $820 million double mission to Mars. Its identical twin, Opportunity, is scheduled to land Jan. 24.
Both rovers were designed to prospect for minerals that could indicate whether the planet was once a wetter place hospitable to life.
Originally posted by THENEO
I tend to prefer the blackout idea because if Aliens etc., did not want us snooping then we would have never landed a probe ever and we would also have difficulty holding a satellite in orbit around the red planet.
Originally posted by SimpleTruth
I don't get though why we don't spend more time on the moon first and establish a good system of travel and make bases before we skip to mars. That's like trying to walk before crawling. Sure, we have been to the moon before, but we haven't become experts at lunar travel by any means. Doesn't make sense to me. There must be some reason to this, IMO. Maybe someone knows that there is something of intense benefit or knowledge on mars that we can't wait for, so skipping the moon is the result. I don't know.