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Mars Rovers Spirit and Opportunity

Building on the success of the 1997 Sojourner rover, the Spirit and Opportunity rovers landed on Mars in 2004. Although their planned mission was just 90 Mars days long (about 92 Earth days), Spirit continued until March 2010, while Opportunity was still operating in 2011. Both found evidence that water had helped shape the Martian landscape in the distant past.



Mars February 10, 2016

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Featured Images

dust storm on Mars

Dusty Skies August 3, 2020

Thickening dust storm above the Opportunity rover on Mars

Getting Dark June 13, 2018

Sunrise on Mars, February 16, 2018

4,999 and Counting February 17, 2018

Opportunity rover view of its surroundings on Mars, June 2017

On the Downslope July 24, 2017

Artist's concept of a Mars Exploration Rover landing on Mars in 2004

Follow the Bouncing Rover January 4, 2014

Recent image from Mars rovers Curiosity and Opportunity

Mars Targets September 29, 2012

Endeavour Crater, winter home of the Opportunity Mars rover

Winter Wonderland January 26, 2012

Panoramic view of Endeavour crater on Mars, imaged by the Opportunity rover

Final Destination August 11, 2011

The Opportunity rover crosses the Martian plains toward Endeavour crater

Crater Crawling April 16, 2011

Ground and orbital views of Opportunity rover at Santa Maria crater

Looking In February 8, 2011

Over the Rim December 31, 2010

Opportunity rover view of Santa Maria crater

Crater Climbing December 30, 2010

The Opportunity rover casts it shadow on the rim of a Martian crater

Martian Robot December 29, 2010