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My next stage of the Mars rover sets is the Spirit/Opportunity rover. The reason that I have combined both Spirit and Opportunity, is because both rovers essentially have the same design. Spirit was launched on June 10th, 2003 and touched down on Mars on January 4th, 2004. The mission was planned for 90 Sols, (Mars day’s) but lasted about 2,208 Sols, thus surpassing the Viking 2 lander in length of operational time on Mars. The rover became stuck in 2009, and its last communication with Earth was on March 22, 2010. Opportunity was launched on July 7th, 2003 and touched down on the red planet on January 25th, 2004. The rover is still operational to date.
The rover features wheel suspension similar to the Curiosity rover set, a foldable arm, rotatable High gain and low gain antenna, and a rotatable mast camera. This set is more of a display piece and less for playability. It’s relatively life sized in comparison to the Curiosity rover set.
To find out more about Spirit and Opportunity:
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