Mars Rover Mission Extended 18 Months

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    If they survive another 18 months, then they will have explored the Martian surface for a total of 32 months. The original design life was said to be 3 months.

     
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    Kinda looks like Masada, mebbe the Jews came from Mars...
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    NASA images show Martian 'walled city' ruins
    Oct 06, 2016 - Images clicked by Mars Curiosity Rover are being interpreted and increasingly thought to show evidence of an ancient civilisation that once lived and thrived in Mars.
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    NASA releases new telescopes for exoplanet mission
    Oct 07, 2016 - A brief discussion on NASA's new approach to discover new habitable planets.
     
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    Ah yes, but according to our "Conservatives" , scientists are just dumb assholes who are liberals and don't know anything.
     
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    It's just proof the rovers were plopped in the middle of the desert in the middle east to get a bunch of fatcats rich at Cape Canaveral :mad:
     
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    If we were a space-faring species, and found a solar system abundant in natural resources, colonized only by cavemen on a single planet, perhaps we'd set up camps on and around the area too. Of course, eventually we'd have to move on, and perhaps plunge the world into darkness so they can be left to evolve on their own.

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    ESA Lander Prepares For Historic Mars Landing | Huffington Post

    11 years later

    A Mars lander is due to leave its mothership on Sunday and head toward the red planet’s surface to test technologies for Europe’s planned first Mars rover, which will search for signs of past and present life.

    After a seven-month journey from Earth as part of the European-Russian ExoMars program, the Schiaparelli lander is expected to separate from spacecraft Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) at 10:42 a.m. EDT and start a three-day descent to the surface.

    Schiaparelli represents only the second European attempt to land a craft on Mars, after a failed mission by the British landing craft Beagle 2 in 2003.

    The primary goal of ExoMars is to find out whether life has ever existed on Mars. The current spacecraft carries an atmospheric probe to study trace gases such as methane, around the planet.

    Scientists believe that methane, a chemical that on Earth is strongly tied to life, could stem from micro-organisms that either became extinct millions of years ago and left gas frozen below the planet’s surface, or that some methane-producing organisms still survive.

    The second part of the ExoMars mission, delayed to 2020 from 2018, will deliver a European rover to the surface of Mars. It will be the first with the ability to both move across the planet’s surface and drill into the ground to collect and analyze samples.
     

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