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Saturday, January 17, 2004



Spirit missed most desirable spot

Missing the best spot for science research, Spirit may have to travel further than it was designed to take measurements for water-related minerals. It is now thought by scientists that Gusev crater is blanketed by volcanic debris and heavily eroded by wind. The new destination, a group of hills a few hundred feet high, is a better spot for untouched minerals, and possibly life. The rover can only travel a few yards a day, and its solar powered engine can run for up to 3 months. Engineers are calculating how far the rover would have to travel to reach the hill.

(More Info: The Gaurdian)


- posted by Jim @ 21:54 EST