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Two Years on Mars
Two Years on Mars
3 Jan 2006
(Source: NASA/JPL-Caltech)

On Jan. 3, 2004, the Spirit rover landed in Gusev Crater on Mars, kicking off a mission planned to last 90-days. Two years later, Spirit and fellow robotic explorer Opportunity, which landed Jan. 24, 2004, are still going strong. Shortly after its landing, Opportunity found layered bedrock bearing geological evidence of a shallow ancient sea. More than one year later, Spirit found extensive layered bedrock after driving more than two miles and climbing into the "Columbia Hills."

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