Mars Rover Mystery Continues | Space News

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from ThunderboltsProject:

VIDEO:  How is the Mars rover Opportunity still alive? In 2004 the rovers Spirit and Opportunity touched down on the Red Planet and began journeys that were each expected to last about 90 days. Both rovers lived exponentially longer than expected, and in fact, Opportunity is still going strong in 2016. Could electrostatic cleanings via the electrified Martian wind be responsible for the rovers’ extraordinary long-livedness?

Recent news article celebrating Opportunity’s 12-year anniversary:http://www.planetary.org/explore/spac…

Thunderbolts Picture of the Day on the electrified nature of the Martian dust devils:http://www.thunderbolts.info/tpod/200…

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