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Thursday, January 22, 2004



Spirit Goes Silent

Spirit's lander.
Spirit's lander.
Credit: NASA/JPL
For the last 24 hours, Spirit has stopped transmitting data to Earth. NASA mission control said that the rover is still in basic operation, returning a communication tone to signal that something has gone seriously wrong onboard. "We know that we have had a very serious anomaly on the vehicle," said Pete Theisinger, manager of the MER mission. It is possible that Spirit's software has crashed, or that there is a problem with the solar panels which power the rover. In any case, NASA is investigating responses to the problem while readying itself for the arrival of Opportunity on Saturday.

- posted by Alex @ 16:32 EST