NASA 20th Anniversary Spirit Opportunity Mars Rover Landing
NASA celebrates the 20th anniversary of their Spirit and Opportunity Mars rover landings. Both of them landed in January 2004, on opposite sides of the planet in areas that scientists suspected had been once affected by liquid water in the ancient past.



Spirit and Opportunity were safely tucked in airbags that bounced along the surface approximately 30 times before coming to a stop. These golf cart-size rovers’ mission searched for evidence of water that once flowed on the Red Planet’s surface, and their findings rewrote science textbooks, including Opportunity’s finding of spherical pebbles of the mineral hematite that had formed in acidic water.

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Using footage filmed at JPL when Spirit touched down on Jan. 3, 2004, as well an animation depicting the rover’s arrival at the Red Planet, this video celebrates the 20th anniversary of Mars Exploration Rover Project landings. Spirit’s twin Opportunity arrived at Mars three weeks later,” said JPL.