Do you think the Mars Rovers get a spring break too? They sure do! Mars passed behind the Sun last week (from Earth’s perspective), and NASA will not be able to communicate with any of the rovers, like Curiosity and Opportunity, or the satellites, like the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, so it’s like they get a few weeks off work!
Not to worry though; Curiosity didn’t get away without a little homework! Scientists loaded the rover with a few simple tasks to perform while out of contact, like collecting weather and temperature data.
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