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Old 05-05-2008   #75
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Re: Gold Machine's Green Beacon

Mars has no less than 3 orbiting devices currently surveying the surface as well as the 2 rovers still working on the surface AND there's the Phoenix polar lander due to land later this month. Mars is the Grand Central Station of the solar system right now.

A few months ago, when those dust storms blocked so much sun from the rovers that they thought they'd die, any signals received by Earth from the rovers were not sent at full power straight to Earth. In the interest of conserving as much battery power as they could, the signals were sent with a much lower power level to one of the orbiters which relayed it to Earth.
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