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25-Jan-04 | Opportunity arrives

Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity (Delta 299, 08-Jul-03) arrived safely on Mars’ Meridiani Planum last night, and soon returned images of a site with sharp contrast: a solid rock outcropping alongside the finest, most powdery soil ever seen on the Red Planet. Once again, as the images roll in, it will take several days to get situated and prepare the rover for roll out. Meanwhile, a few days ago Spirit gave controllers a scare when a software glitch put the rover into a continual-reboot mode. Fortunately it was still responding to commands from Earth, and it is not in immediate danger. The issue will likely delay further Spirit operations for about three weeks.

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