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NASA’s twin Mars rovers, the hardest-working stars in space exploration, face five months of extended duty on the Red Planet, space agency officials say.
NASA Mars Exploration Program director Orlando Figueroa announced the extension last week as the official 90-day mission of the Spirit rover ended. Opportunity landed three weeks after Spirit; its 90 days aren’t up until April 26.
The agency approved a $15 million extension to the $820 million twin-rover endeavor. “The extension more than doubles exploration for less than a 2% additional investment, if the rovers remain in working condition,” NASA said in a news release Thursday.