PIA04833: Opening Aeroshell
 Target Name:  Mars
 Mission:  Mars Exploration Rover (MER)
 Product Size:  3000 x 1995 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Addition Date:  2003-10-30
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA04833.tif (17.96 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA04833.jpg (1.051 MB)

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February 6, 2003

Technicians maneuver the aeroshell for Mars Exploration Rover 2 onto a workstand in the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility. Set to launch in 2003, the MER Mission will consist of two identical rovers designed to cover roughly 110 yards each Martian day. Each rover will carry five scientific instruments that will allow it to search for evidence of liquid water that may have been present in the planet's past. The rovers will be identical to each other, but will land at different regions of Mars. The first rover has a launch window opening May 30, and the second rover, a window opening June 25, 2003.

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