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Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-22-2003 09:40 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Following up on my previous post:
http://collectspace.com/ubb/Forum3/HTML/000731.html

My friend who arranged my tour of JPL is now at KSC, preparing Mars Exploration Rover-1 (MER-1) for launch. On Friday, they took MER-1 for a drive.

He sent along this photo, which I thought others here might enjoy seeing. It shows him with a friend who designed the mobility system, crouching with MER-1.

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Philip
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posted 03-22-2003 02:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Excellent photo ROBERT, thx again for sharing it with us ... I have simular photos in my collection of Sojourner being readied for its historic mission to Mars ...
Good to realize that Mars will become a busy place in the next couple of years, the British BEAGLE 2 which will ride on the Mars Explorer of the European Space Agency is also underway to the launchpad ...
www.beagle2.com

Philip
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posted 03-25-2003 05:15 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
In fact both vehicles are named MER-A and MER-B ... The science package is named ATHENA, after the Greek goddess of wisdom ...
NASA JPL will conduct a poll amount Internet-users to select the names for the 2 Mars Exploration Rovers ...
Exciting mission for sure !
http://mars.jpl.nasa.gov/mer/
http://athena.cornell.edu/home/index.html


Robert Pearlman
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posted 03-25-2003 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to clarify, as right now:

Ther MER-1 rover will fly on the MER-A mission. Likewise, MER-2 will fly on the MER-B mission.

The Planetary Society in partnership with the LEGO Company were selected by JPL to run a contest among students only to name MER-1 and MER-2 (the missions will still be MER-A and MER-B). The contest has already closed to submissions and the announcement of the new names should be made soon.

If I had to guess, my money is on the two being named Orville and Wilbur...

Philip
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posted 04-15-2003 02:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Philip   Click Here to Email Philip     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The first of the two Mars Exploration Rovers that will carry out the geological studies is set for launch by Delta II rockets from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on May 30, headed for the Gusev Crater, some 15 degrees south of the planet's equator, where it is scheduled to land on January 4, 2004.
The second Rover will be launched on June 25 destined for the opposite side of Mars to the Meridiani Planum, some two degrees south of the equator. Its landing is scheduled on January 25.
The tricky Martian landings will be slowed by parachutes and cushioned by airbags in a method tested by the Pathfinder mission to Mars in 1997.
The BEAGLE-2 lander which piggy-backs on Europe's Mars Express will also land using cushions ...
Very exciting days to come for Mars-enthusiasts !!!

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-15-2003 08:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"The beginning of the launch period for the first of NASA's two Mars Exploration Rover missions will be rescheduled until no earlier than June 6 to allow time to address a potential problem raised during pre-launch tests of the spacecraft over the weekend."
http://www-pao.ksc.nasa.gov/kscpao/status/paylstat/current.htm

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