25.5.11

Farewell Spirit

Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
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It's sad, but not especially surprising that NASA has now officially called time on silent Mars rover Spirit.

What may be surprising is that the image above, captured by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter's powerful HiRISE camera, shows the rover's solar panels glinting perfectly in the sunlight, suggesting that lack of power isn't the root of the problem (damage caused by a previous lack of power over winter is probably the next best suspect).

1 comment:

diddums said...

I wonder if there are people beavering away unofficially to get it going again. :-)