posted on Jan, 24 2004 @ 04:59 PM
Still disappointed and confused by Spirit's Rover's malfunctions and failures, NASA's second rover is due to touchdown Saturday midnight.
Will Oppurtunity suffer the same fate as ESA's Rovers or sent back gibberish like NASA's Spirit or complete its original mission and sent us back
the message all have been waiting restlessly: LIFE FOUND IN MARS? Only time can tell.
If Opportunity touches down safely it should signal Earth within minutes of landing, just as Spirit did.
Opportunity's target is an area called Meridiani Planum, whose terrain scientists believe will be dramatically different from the reddish soil of
Spirit's landing site, Gusev Crater. Meridiani is expected to be dark gray or black and relatively dust-free.
The region is believed to be rich in a mineral called gray hematite, which typically forms in marine or volcanic environments rich in water. The
landing site is 45-mile-long ellipse that is one of the smoothest and flattest places on Mars.
Let us hope the martians don't shoot down Oppurtunity.
[Edited on 24-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]