Sobered by a near-death experience with Spirit and still reeling from the landing of Opportunity at a location with scientific potential "beyond their wildest dreams," Mars Exploration Rover controllers are this week preparing to restart science operations with the first rover, while 6,000 mi. away they plan to drive Opportunity onto the Martian surface for a first taste of the bizarre terrain and soil at its Meridiani Planum landing site. Rover drivers here will then steer Opportunity ...

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