Thursday, June 4, 2009

Releasing Spirit

NASA engineers are still trying to find a way to get the Mars rover Spirit out of the soft soil which has trapped it for about a month. The soil is up to the rover's hubcaps, which is not a good situation.

NASA's latest attempt to get a handle on precisely what's wrong involved using the microscopic imager at the end of Spirit's robotic arm to look under the rover, to see whether it's belly is on the ground. The image wasn't good, because the imager used was never designed for such a task, but Spirit may be resting on a rock.

Analysis of the image continues.

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