The Mars Rover, Spirit, no longer roams the Red Planet

Spirit, the first of the two rovers of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Mission, will remain a static science station after efforts to extricate it from soft soil, and two of its six wheels, have failed.  Mission control plans to tilt the rover in a way that will maximize the amount of sunlight falling on its solar panels during the winter months.  However, because of the small amount of energy that the batteries can store, the rover will “hibernate” in April and emerge in August or September, when the sun is high in the Martian sky.  Read more

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Francis M. Unson

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