Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Spirit to be left in place

It seems all future attempts to free the MER Spirit have been called off. The robot will be placed in a favorable angle to the Sun, and may go into low power mode (hibernation) for the local winter season. Even if the rovers "drop dead" right now, with no further contributions to science, they will still enter the record books as exceptionally long lived spacecraft. Obviously SOME of the money NASA spends goes into making some really robust, kick-ass one might say, robots. And these little guys just keep on going! (Or working, that is.)

BBC article
Planetary Society

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