Night Vision—Robots on Mars

Posted May 13, 2019 - by Paul Gibbs

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The 21st century has been an incredible era for increasing our understanding of the Solar System. The neighboring planet we've learned the most about is Mars, since we've studied it most closely.

In the summer of 2003, Earth and Mars were closer together than any time in recorded history. This provided the chance to send the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER), Spirit and Opportunity. These rovers were projected to only survive for 90 days on the Martian surface. Instead, they lasted years, and in the case of Opportunity, nearly a decade and a half. 

Mars - Rover Curiosity
The Curiosity Rover explores the surface of Mars in this artist's conception. (Image credit: NASA/JPL)

In "Night Vision: Robots on Mars", we'll take a fond look back at the missions of Spirit and Opportunity, and all we learned from these intrepid travelers. We'll also look at our current robotic explorers, the Curiousity Rover and the InSight lander, still on their missions. We'll also speculate about what future missions may discover about the "angry Red Planet." Although so much has been discovered, there is still much to learn, and much to explore. Our adventure on Mars is far from over.

Join presenter Paul Gibbs on Thursday, May 16th, for this week's Night Vision. Tickets are just $2.00 per person for the public, and free for members of Clark Planetarium. 

Join Paul Gibbs for this week's Night Vision as he takes an in-depth look at the robotic emissaries we've sent to Mars.You can get them here.

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