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Mars Exploration Rovers Update: Spirit Lands on Red Planet, Returns First Images

Posted by A.J.S. Rayl on 2004/01/04 11:00 CST

Spirit -- NASA's first Mars Exploration Rover -- survived the 'six minutes of terror' entering and descending through the atmosphere to land safely -- and upright -- in Gusev Crater on the Red Planet. Just two hours after the confirmation signal of the landing, the first engineering data and images began streaming into the MER Mission Control at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), where Spirit and her twin, Opportunity were built.

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