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Thursday, January 15, 2004



Spirit Rolls Off Lander

Eastern Hills near Spirit.
Eastern Hills near Spirit.
Credit: NASA
NASA announced today that it had successfully rolled the robotic geologist Spirit from its landing capsule following a problem that prompted NASA to turn the rover around and use a rear ramp to exit. Spirit is now ready to proceed with its primary mission, to try to determine if there was once liquid water in Gusev Crater. Current mission plans now call for an exploration of the nearby crater "Sleepy Hollow" and eventually a hike aimed for the five-mile-distant eastern hills, thought to be beyond the rover's range.

(More info: CNN.com)


- posted by Brian @ 21:33 EST