The Rover meets the rock Yogi.
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The Mars Surveyor Program was put in place by NASA as a long-term program of exploration of Mars, with the focus to bring back to Earth a sample of the Martian terrain in 2005. This program will help scientists understand the complete environment of Mars. The program will study
- the climate of Mars:
- the water cycle
- the carbon cycle
- the atmosphere
- movement of particles
- condensation of water
- temperature fluctuations
- the composition of the surface and atmosphere
Five spacecraft in all may be sent to Mars between 1996 and 2005. Those spacecraft include the Mars Global Surveyor, and the Mars Climate Orbiter and Polar Lander. After all the information is gathered, scientists may know more about the evolution of Mars and its potential to harbor life.
You may leave the tour and read more about this program with this link to the section on the
Exploration of Mars
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