3 Mars Rovers and What They're Doing Now

November 28, 2016

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Thanks to Elon Musk, the world is talking about Mars again. Between the production of returning rockets and a general aura of innovation, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX has reinvigorated the space discussion in this country and around the world. Whether you believe the moon is made of cheese or hope to be the first human beings on Mars, one thing is for sure: space is cool again!

In honor of Red Planet Day, we wanted to revisit some of the only human-made objects that have graced the surface of the Red Planet in recent years: Mars rovers. These interstellar robots have done everything from search for water to determine the potential for microbial life and some of them are still roving around the Red Planet today.

Take a look at these three Mars rovers and get excited about the future of planetary exploration:

Spirit: Launched in 2004, this rover was designed to study the history of water on Mars, equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Last contact was made on Mar 22, 2010. Photo: Flickr / Wolfram Burner
Spirit: Launched in 2004, this rover was designed to study the history of water on Mars, equipped with a robotic arm, a drilling tool, three spectrometers, and four pairs of cameras that allow them to have a human-like, 3D view of the terrain. Last contact was made on Mar 22, 2010. Photo: Flickr / Wolfram Burner

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Conor Cawley

Conor is a writer, comedian and world-renowned sweetheart. He has been writing since first grade when his novel "A Robot and Me" hit the top of the refrigerator. Since then, he has written coupons, training modules and listicles about his favorite bars for fun and paychecks alike. His background in comedy ranges from stand-up to sketch, and he runs a very popular stand-up show in Chicago called Rat Pack Comedy, which he's very proud of. In his spare time, he thinks about how to properly pronounce the word "colloquially." Conor is an editorial fellow at Tech.Co. You can email him at [email protected].

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