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Well, maybe not quite this megalomaniacal.

via Scott Maxwell

Curiosity’s Sky Crane, heat shield, parachute, scattered around Gale Crater.

front cam image from Mars Curiosity, just after touchdown, relayed by Odyssey

Oh the little rover that could! The Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, were only meant to last for 90 Martian-days (~92 Earth-days). Opportunity is still out there, exploring the surface of Mars (and soon to be joined by her cousin, the Mars Science Laboratory), but Spirit, five years and almost four months after landing on Mars, became stuck in a patch of soft ground. This video is composed of stills, and shows the rover traveling across Mars, conducting experiments, and finally, sadly, becoming stuck. I like to imagine that someday we’ll find Spirit, buried in the Martian soil, and once we clean off the solar panels and give her some power she’ll spring back to life.

Picture of Spirit taken from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

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Traverse maps

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