Mars Rovers to continue driving


  • Randy Showstack


NASA has provided funding for a 6-month additional extension of the operation of the Mars rover missions, the agency announced on 21 September.

James Erickson, project manager for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., said, “Although [the rovers] are well past warranty, they are showing few signs of wearing out. We really don't know how long they will keep working, whether days or months. We will do our best to continue getting the maximum possible benefit from [them].”