Specialty Patch for Mars Exploration Rover - Spirit. Launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida on June 10, 2003, Spirit landed on Mars on January 4, 2004. It was desiged to operate for a 90 sol mission (a Sol - Martian day, i sslightly longer than an Earth day at 24 hours, 37 minutes). Its mission was extended several times to survey the martian surface, photograph and test mineral content of soil and rocks. It landed on the opposite side of Mars from Mars Exploration Rover - Opportunity which continues to operate.