Friday, December 16, 2005

Latest From Spirit Rover

Spirit's broken robotic arm has some functionality now, thanks to those enterprising NASA JPL engineers. Apparently a soldiered wire has broken loose, causing some loss of motion in the robotic arm, but it retains use of its cache of scientific instruments. Engineers plan to lay the arm at the base, sticking out like a probe so it can bring all scientific tools to bear as needed.
Originally intended to last only 90-Earth days (Sols), Spirit and its twin rover, Opportunity, have far outlasted even the wildest dreams of everyone involved, and continue to explore and send back reams of scientific data.
In fact both rovers recently celebrated their first anniversary of exploration; one Martian year on the surface (two Earth years.)
Check out a year's worth of "Month in Review" mission photo logs and be inspired...

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