Example Results from Mars Exploration Rovers

Dr. John Grant

Spirit Rover Track

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The Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity are acting as ground-truth operators, remotely manned by the researchers to explore the Martian terrain. A lengthy process for determining the rover landing sites, conducted by the Mars landing site steering committee co-chaired by Dr. Grant, culminated in the selection of Gusev Crater and Meridiani Terra. Speculation about the potential for ancient water processes at these two locations based on the analysis of remotely sensed imagery drove the selection of these two locations.

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