Rover sets distance record The Australian

The Spirit rover shattered a one-day distance record on Mars, rolling nearly 21 metres across the planet’s rocky surface, NASA said today. “The basic goal was to drive as far as they could and see how things went in the time that they had,” Erickson said of the drive, which ended late yesterday without any problems. Spirit drove “blind” about half the distance, following a planned route to a stopping point. For the second half of the short trip, the rover drove to a second stopping point, autonomously executed a turn, and then rolled onward before stopping, Erickson said.