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Sunday, January 4, 2004



Rover Critical Deployment Completed

An artist's conception of a Mars Exploration Rover.
An artist's conception of a Mars Exploration Rover.
Credit: NASA/JPL
The latest word from NASA is that Spirit's systems seem to be functioning correctly so far. From current telemetry, the airbags and and petals are both working, and all indicators are green, although the lander is currently only getting 83% of its expected power from its solar panels. The data is being relayed from both the 2001 Mars Odyssey and Mars Global Surveyor spacecrafts.

The excited words from NASA TV: "We're getting our first images from the surface of Mars!...Oh wow, look at that! There it is, the surface of Mars!" The speaker is referring to what are now the highest resolution images of any part of Mars.

The images are not currently available on the Internet, but presumably will be displayed on the Image Section of the NASA Mars Exploration Rover website.


- posted by Brian @ 2:19 EST