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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

NASA at Mars: 20 years of 24/7 exploration

 Honoring 20 years of robotic exploration of the Red Planet. We've been exploring Mars every day for all those years now. I remember when the Viking landers arrived on Mars back in the 1970s to try to find life there. We have come a long way and have much further to go. Here's to ongoing exploration and insatiable curiosity. Here's also to getting humans on Mars within the next couple of decades!

Here's what NASA has to say about this past twenty years:

No one under 20 has experienced a day without NASA at Mars. The Pathfinder mission, carrying the Sojourner rover, landed on Mars on July 4, 1997. In the 20 years since Pathfinder's touchdown, eight other NASA landers and orbiters have arrived successfully, and not a day has passed without the United States having at least one active robot on Mars or in orbit around Mars.

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