NASA rover reaches rim of the big Martian crater ap

August 11th, 2011 - 8:29 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Los Angeles, Aug 11 (THAINDIAN NEWS) On Tuesday, NASA’s Mars rover Opportunity got to rim of the Endeavour crater, the space agency has announced. NASA released a statement shortly after they received signal from the vehicle. Opportunity has been traveling on Mars for three years now.

The crater is estimated to be 14 miles in diameter. The scientists hope that the crater will offer the opportunity for the rover to take closer look at the rocks of the red planet. If NASA’s predictions are correct, understanding the rocks on the planet will enable them understand the planet which is considered the most habitable after planet earth in the solar system. The rock at the crater is believed to be older than any of the rocks that Opportunity has studied.

Opportunity was launched in 2004 alongside another rover Spirit. The two vehicles successfully landed on Mars but scientists say they have since lost contact with Spirit. NASA gave up its efforts to contact Spirit at the beginning of the year.

Scientists are investigating hypothesis that Mars was once wet and warm. The planet is currently dusty and cold.

The crater has been named Spirit Point in honor of the lost rover.

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