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5,000 Days on Mars

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5,000 Days on Mars; Solar-Powered Rover Approaching 5,000th Martian Dawn

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The Sun will rise on NASA's solar-powered Mars rover Opportunity for the 5,000th time on Saturday, sending rays of energy to a golf-cart-size robotic field geologist that continues to provide revelations about the Red Planet.

"Five thousand sols after the start of our 90-sol mission, this amazing rover is still showing us surprises on Mars," said Opportunity Project Manager John Callas, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California.

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Long-Lived Mars Rover Opportunity Keeps Finding Surprises

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NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity keeps providing surprises about the Red Planet, most recently with observations of possible "rock stripes."

The ground texture seen in recent images from the rover resembles a smudged version of very distinctive stone stripes on some mountain slopes on Earth that result from repeated cycles of freezing and thawing of wet soil. But it might also be due to wind, downhill transport, other processes or a combination.

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pallidin

Amazing...

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Silver Surfer

Keep on truckin little guy!

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L.A.T.1961

Great achievement, It might also indicate that Mars has no hidden environmental hurdles to worry about for man made equipment to overcome ?   

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mackbolin
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is it possible to ask the whoever has been cleaning the solar panels to do a 5000 day check up.keep this little guy going for another 5000.:o

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UFOwatcher

We sure got our money's worth on these Rovers.

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