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Friday, January 30, 2009

Mars Spirit Rover Showing It's Age?

Even though it acknowledged receipt of it's commands for the day on Sunday, Mars rover Spirit failed to carry out the commands sent from the command centre at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The rover also failed to record the days activities to it's memory. "We don't have a good explanation yet for the way Spirit has been acting for the past few days," said JPL's Sharon Laubach, in a statement. "Our next steps will be diagnostic activities."

I think we can forgive the little guy! Sunday marked Spirit's 1,800th Sol (Martian day) on the planet, not bad for a mission that was supposed to last 90 days...

Source: CBC