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Riding Along With The Mars Rover Drivers

By Gerard @presurfer
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There is a team of engineers and scientists who have spent nearly a decade working with NASA's intrepid Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity, maneuvering them across windblown Martian terrain and into groundbreaking new discoveries. Many of them, along with a new cadre of researchers, will also command the new Mars rover Curiosity, set to land in two weeks.
That rover is far more complex and more powerful, and designed to last much longer than the twin rovers' initial three-month lifespan. But the MER mission, as it's known, set the stage in many ways - including how to live and work as a Mars rover driver.

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