Our remaining Mars Rover Opportunity is preparing to settle in for the Martian Southern Hemisphere winter. Opportunity is still going strong after nearly 8 years on Mars - she landed on January 24, 2004; her twin rover Spirit succumbed to the harsh winter last year and is no longer operating.
Opportunity will settle in on the rim of an eroded crater wall that will enable her to face the Sun with her dust coated solar panels to get maximum power. As an added bonus Opportunity will be able to explore some rock layers while wintering which will add to our knowledge of the Red Planet. The area is known to be an older formation which will provide valuable geologic information.
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