As the world rang in the Near Year this this week, NASA was looking forward to a big milestone of its own — nine years and counting on the surface of Mars for an overachieving Red Planet rover mission.Full story
Ashitey Trebi-Olennu is one of the engineers behind the robotic arm system on NASA's Curiosity rover. He has also been a rover planner for the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, and worked on the robotic arm system for the Phoenix Mars Lander.
The Spirit rover's last panorama, sent back in February 2010, shows its surroundings in Mars' Columbia Hills. The hill with the light-colored top, visible near the top center image, was dubbed Von Braun and would have been Spirit's next destination.