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Mars Rovers Update

From: Chaz Stuart <Daydisk2.nul>
Date: Thu, 4 Mar 2004 23:53:21 -0500 (EST)
Fwd Date: Fri, 05 Mar 2004 09:43:20 -0500
Subject: Mars Rovers Update

Source: The Las Vegas Sun


March 04, 2004

NASA Rover Photographs Mars Solar Eclipse


PASADENA, Calif. (AP) - The NASA rover Opportunity turned a
camera skyward to photograph Mars' moon Deimos eclipsing the sun
and also carried out the most complex movements yet of its
robotic arm, Jet Propulsion Laboratory said Thursday.

The pictures of Deimos, "terror" in Greek mythology, were taken
by the rover's panoramic camera. Deimos is the smaller of Mars'
two moons. The pictures were not immediately released.

Opportunity also has been studying rocks and soil in a small
crater since landing on the Red Planet in late January.

Scientists announced this week that Opportunity returned strong
evidence that the ground at its landing site was once drenched
in water and would have been hospitable to life.

Opportunity had to execute 490 commands to accomplish a complex
operation of its instrument-laden robotic arm as it studied a
rock dubbed "Last Chance," JPL said.

The rover created three mosaics with its microscopic camera,
recording 128 images with more than 200 arm movements.

On the other side of Mars, Opportunity's twin, Spirit, spent
four hours grinding a 0.08 inch depression into the rock,
brushed the hole clean and began examining it with instruments.

Jet Propulsion Laboratory: http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

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