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Mars Rover Photographs Featured at U.S. Museum

January 7, 2014

By Brett Zongker, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) Ten years after NASA landed two rovers on Mars on a 90-day mission, one rover is still exploring, and the project has generated hundreds of thousands of images from the Martian surface.

Now the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum is presenting more than 50 of the best photographs from the two Mars rovers in an art exhibit curated by the scientists who have led the ongoing mission.

"Spirit and Opportunity: 10 Years Roving Across Mars" opens Thursday and includes many large-scale photographs of craters, hills, dunes, dust clouds, meteorites, rock formations and the Martian sunset. The exhibit marks the 10th anniversary of the ongoing rover mission.

Jim Green, NASA's director of planetary science, says the rovers made huge strides in learning about Mars to eventually send humans there.



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