H.Res. 67: Recognizing and commending NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Cornell University for the success of the Mars Exploration

H.Res. 67

Recognizing and commending NASA, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), and Cornell University for the success of the Mars Exploration

Date
March 11, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.Res. 67 is expected to be considered on the floor on Wednesday, March 11, 2009, under a motion to suspend the rules. This resolution was introduced by Representative David Dreier (R-CA) on January 15, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 67 resolves that the House of Representatives:

  • "Commends the engineers, scientists, and technicians of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and Cornell University for their successful execution and continued operation of the Mars Exploration Rovers, Spirit and Opportunity; and
  • "Recognizes the success and significant scientific contributions of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers."

Background

According to findings listed in the resolution, the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity successfully landed on Mars on January 3, 2004, and January 24, 2004. The mission of the rovers was to search for evidence indicating that Mars once held conditions suitable for life. The rovers were designed and built by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), managed by the California Institute of Technology. Cornell University led the development of advanced scientific instruments carried by the 2 Rovers. Together, the two rovers relayed more than a quarter million images of the surface of Mars back to NASA. The studies conducted by the Rovers have indicated that early Mars was characterized by impacts, explosive volcanoes, and subsurface water. On January 3, 2009, and January 24, 2009, the rovers passed five years of successful operation on Mars, far surpassing the original mission goal of 90 days of operation on Mar's surface.