Tuesday, February 17, 2004

Mars Rover's Drive Falls Short of Goal (washingtonpost.com): "The Spirit rover went for its longest trip yet on the surface of Mars, traveling just over 88 feet but stopping short of the distance NASA had hoped it would cover, scientists said Monday. Engineers had hoped the rover would travel 164 feet on its way to a crater known as 'Bonneville' to examine rocks and soil for evidence that water may have existed on the Red Planet, mission manager Jim Erickson said. The rover did not cover the full distance because it spent more time than initially planned studying rocks and soil along the way, he said. "

Can I ask a question here? Is anyone else bothered that this rover is doing things that the NASA scientists don't expect it to do?

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