Eight-and-a-half years into its 90-day mission, MER Opportunity is going to take a break for a bit while Curiosity makes its grand entrance.
Glad to see NASA didn't do the silly thing of shutting down Opportunity due to funding!
"If the reason we've got to stand down is because another wonderful vehicle is about to land on Mars, I'm okay with that," chuckled Squyres. "We're just wishing the best for MSL. This is a fantastic mission. It's their time. It's going to be a very exciting night when we land and years of excitement after that."
"Everybody's okay with this," agreed Arvidson. "We're in this business of Mars exploration for the long haul. It's a program not just a mission."