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Mars Exploration Rovers Blast Off
News story originally written on July 10, 2003

Two robots are going to Mars. The robots are six-wheeled vehicles that will explore Mars. They are called the Mars Exploration Rovers (MER). Rockets carrying MER blasted off from Florida.

MER will study rocks on Mars. They will try to find rocks that formed when water was around.

Each rover has a name. One is called Spirit. The other is named Opportunity. Spirit blasted off on June 10, 2003. Opportunity blasted off July 7, 2003. It will take Spirit and Opportunity six months to get to Mars. They will land on Mars in January 2004.

Last modified July 8, 2003 by Randy Russell.

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