10 June : NASA’s ‘Spirit’ breaks all records

‘Spirit’ was a robotic rover on Mars and was launched today in 2003.
Spirit was active on Mars from 2004-2010. It clicked not less than one lakh twenty eight thousand two hundred and twenty four. And off course all these pictures helped NASA to stand where it stands today about Mars.
NASA_Mars_Rover‘Spirit’ along with ‘Opportunity’ has done wonders for NASA.
Both names were given to NASA’s missions by a third year Russian American Student Sofi Collis – ‘Spirit’ and ‘Opportunity’. Sofi gave this name in an essay competition organised by NASA.

7 facts in 7 years journey 
1. A series of dust storms in 2007 threatened to cover the solar panels, reducing their power generation capability.
2. In 2009, Spirit became stuck in soft soil and was immobilized. It now operates as a stationary science laboratory.
3. The original mission was planned to last 90 Martian days at a cost of $820 million.
4. The operation has been expanded five times at a cost of $124 million.
5. Each rover is designed as a six-wheeled vehicle powered by solar energy.
6. They stand nearly five feet tall, 7.5 feet long and a little over five feet wide.
7. The suspension system allows the rovers on a top speed of roughly 10 feet per minute.

#Hindi
2003 में आज मंगल ग्रह के लिए नासा के रोबोटिक रोवर Spirit को लॉन्च किया गया था। नासा को मार्स मिशन के तहत मंगल पर भेजे गए दो रोवर्स में से एक Spirit था। दूसरे रोवर का नाम Opportunity था। Spirit 2004 से 2010 तक सक्रिय रहा। इस दौरान spirit ने मंगल ग्रह की करीब 1 लाख 28 हज़ार 224 तस्वीरें भेजीं थी। खास बात ये है कि spirit रोवर का नाम नासा द्वारा आयोजित एक student essay competition के ज़रिए चुना गया था। Spirit और opportunity का नाम तीसरी कक्षा में पढ़ने वाली Russian-American student, Sofi Collis ने दिया था।

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