I guess you can bounce an 800 million dollar machine off a planet!

Woot! Woot! They did it. Early this morning, Spirit slammed into Mars and bounced for over 2 kilometers, before shedding its reentry suit and coming to life.

The British rover currently somewhere on the Red Planet, ain’t so lucky – they have yet to get her operational and are running out of chances.

This is really exciting, I can’t wait till they start to get color images! Which should be sometime today. Spirit traveled over 160 million miles to get to Mars, and there is another one the way. Since Mars is closer than it has been in 80,00 years to Earth, everyone figured, “What the hell. Let’s go to Mars!”

Check out their site here: Mars Rover

Mars Rover image