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Saturday, January 24, 2004



Opportunity to Land

Opportunity is to land on the 25th at 05:05GMT in Meridiani Planum. Meridiani Planum is within an Oklahoma-sized hematite outcropping, a mineral usually formed in the presence of water. Based on data from Spirit, the landing team has decided to open the parachute sooner than expected. The problem that is currently plaguing Spirit is not expected to happen to Opportunity.

An addition about Spirit: Peter Theisinger, rover project manager at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory said, "we believe, based on everything we know now, we can sustain the current state of the spacecraft from a health standpoint for an indefinite amount of time, This gives the team time to work on the problem.

(More info: NASA/JPL)


- posted by Jim @ 14:16 EST