First: Spirit (MER-A), Mars Exploration Rover, launched on June 10, 2003 at 13:58:47 EDT and landed successfully on January 4, 2004. Nearly 6 years after the original mission limit, Spirit had covered a total distance of 7.73km (4.80mi) but its wheels became trapped in sand.
Around January 26, 2010, NASA conceded defeat in its efforts to free the rover and stated that it would now function as a stationary science platform. The last communication received from the rover was on March 22, 2010, and NASA ceased attempts to re-establish communication on May 25, 2011. Mars rover
On First Looking Out of NASA’s Spirit Rover(Written on 2004-01-04)
First moments of viewing first mosaic from Mars
Much have I imagined the arcing vaults of space,
And many fiery launches and cold orbits seen;
Round the darksided moon have I been
And raised a flag above Tranquility base.
Oft on one Red Planet would I place
Dreams of deep-brow’d Bradbury’s Morning Green
Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
Till I saw Curiosity gaze upon our brother’s face:
Then felt I like some sentinel in strange skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like those at JPL, when the Curiosity’s eyes
Delivered them an image through the stars,
Look’d at each other with a wild surmise–
“All green” upon the dusty plains of Mars.
(Apologies to Keats. who would understand)
Then Curiosity: 2,000 Days on Mars With the Curiosity Rover – It has now been just more than 2,000 days since NASA’s Curiosity rover landed on the surface of Mars.
In the days (or “sols,” as they are called on Mars) since its complex sky-crane touchdown, Curiosity has made countless discoveries with multiple instruments, including drills, lasers, and an array of imaging instruments that so far have sent 468,926 images back to Earth. Gathered here are a few images of Mars from Curiosity over the past few years.