NASA concedes defeat over Spirit Robot Rover

NASA concedes defeat over Spirit Robot Rover

Postby Markus Waibel on 29 Jan 2010, 10:14

Following our announcement of the sixth anniversary of NASA's Spirit and Opportunity Mars robots in the last episode, NASA has now had to conceded defeat in its battle to free the Spirit rover from its Martian sand trap.

As NASA's Julie Townsend told us in a recent Robots episode, Spirit's predicament was difficult already a few months ago. Now Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars exploration programme, said: "Spirit has encountered a golfer's worst nightmare - the sand trap that no matter how many strokes you take, you can't get out of it". However, Spirit will not be abandoned, but used as a stationary scientific platform.

The mission team is now concentrating on trying to get the rover tilted in a manner that will maximize the amount of sunlight falling on its solar panels during the approaching winter months to shorten the period in which Spirit will have to go into hibernation.

More infos directly on the Nasa site at
NASA's Spirit Rover now stuck for good
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Re: NASA concedes defeat over Spirit Robot Rover

Postby Adrien Briod on 29 Jan 2010, 18:44
What if Spirit had a ... spirit ?
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Re: NASA concedes defeat over Spirit Robot Rover

Postby nano on 05 Feb 2010, 10:35

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Re: NASA concedes defeat over Spirit Robot Rover

Postby boonnie on 12 Feb 2010, 07:45

How many sets of external fuel tanks and rocket boosters does NASA have for the shuttle program? I'm assuming NASA has more than one fuel tank and set of boosters for the shuttle program. How many sets do they have? Where are they stored while not in use?
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