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Saturday, January 24, 2004



Spirit Update

Since Wednesday, Spirit has only sent back error messages and limited useful data, sparingly. From the data received, scientists know that Spirit has rebooted itself 60 times to try to fix the problem. Scientist also remains optimistic that Spirit can regain, at least some, usefulness because it can communicate and some of the other data they have collected. They also believe that the problem is hardware related, not software, possibly with the high gain antennae. "I would say this is a bump in the road," said Nathalie Cabrol, a planetary geologist at NASA/Ames Research Center. "The spacecraft is talking. We are taking advantage of this stopping time to collect our thoughts and come back even stronger."

(More info: Murcury News, Yahoo)


- posted by Jim @ 14:07 EST