Posted Jan 31, 2004 in Science.
The second Mars rover, Opportunity, has successfully rolled off its lander and onto the surface of Meridiani Planum. The landing location was chosen because of the presence of crystalline hematite, a mineral that usually forms under watery conditions. Soon after being deployed, the rover confirmed the existence of the mineral.
Also welcome is the news that Spirit is taking pictures again, as it is being gradually restored to health.