Mars Exploration Rovers (MER)

mer-high-1_br.jpg MISSION SUMMARY
Mission: Mars Exploration
Mission type: Mars surface; Spirit and Opportunity rovers
Launch date: Spirit-June 2003, Opportunity-July 2003
Landing date: Spirit-January 2004, Opportunity-January 2004
Launch vehicle: Delta II
Launch site: KSC
Mission duration: Original=90 days, Extended
Status: Spirit-mission ended May 2011, Opportunity-remains active
Overview: The mission's scientific objective is to search for and characterize a wide range of rocks and soils that hold clues to past water activity on Mars. The search begins with determining whether the Martian environment was ever suitable for life. Life, as humans understand it, requires water, hence the history of water on Mars is critical to finding out if the Martian environment was ever conducive to life. Although the Mars Exploration Rovers do not have the ability to detect life directly, they offer important information on the habitability of the environment in the planet's history.

WEB RESOURCES
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NASA/JPL Links
MER - JPL
-- Spirit update archive
-- Opportunity update archive
MER - NASA
MER Press Releases

The Devils of Mars - NASA
Mars Program & Missions - International, Past, Present & Future
Mars - NASA World Book

Wikipedia Links
Mars - Wikipedia

Other Links
Mars Quick Facts - Earth/Mars Comparison
Mars - Nine Planets
Mars: Extreme Planet - The Red Planet offers few hospitalities.

 

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MapAPlanet-banner.jpg Map a Planet - USGS

Documents and PowerPoints
MER Mission Fact Sheet.pdf
Opportunity_MER.pdf
Spirit Mars Rover.ppt
MER.ppt
MER-Entry, Descent & Landing.ppt
Mars.ppt

Related MGGP Links
Mars Diorama
Mars Rover Cart
Mars
Mars - Planet and Satellites
Mars Close Encounter - Mythbusters
Mars in the Night sky

Mars Missions on MGGP
Magellan
Mariner
Mars Climate Orbiter
Mars Exploration Rovers
--Spirit/Opportunity
Mars Express
Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Observer
Mars Odyssey
Mars Pathfinder
Mars Polar Lander
Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter
Mars Science Laboratory - Curiosity
MAVEN -Mars Atmospheric and Volatile

 

 

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