It won’t get their before 2011, but it’s probably the closest any of us will get to the Red Planet.
Five years ago today, NASA landed the rover Spirit on the surface of Mars. Originally intended to be a 90 day mission, Spirit and it’s sister rover Opportunity, have vastly exceeded NASA’s predictions.
Happy birthday Spirit!
The Hubble Space Telescope has provided scientists with an extra-ordinary insight into our universe. When NASA announced recently that there were to be no more missions to maintain the aging telescope, there was an outcry. Now NASA have revealed the successor to Hubble – The James Webb Space Telescope.
With a mirror 6.5 meters across and a sun-shield the size of a tennis court, it promises to bring us pictures of the furthest reaches of the Universe and help answer questions about the Bing Bang and planetary formation.
The James Webb Telescope will be launched in 2013, until which time, Hubble will continue it’s mission.