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Thursday, January 29, 2004



Opportunity Unfolds

Opportunity untucked its front wheels and set its suspention system. NASA plans to tilt the lander 5 degrees to help it come strait off. If all goes well, it should be off the lander by Sunday-Monday.The miniature thermal emission spectrometer, which helps detect rock compositions at a distance, has passed a health check and should be working later tonight. The power drain, caused by a switch leaving the heater on all the time, should cause no problems in the near future.

Spirit has sent back a photo for the first time in a week. "Right now we're working to get complete control of the vehicle, and we're still not quite there," said JPL's Jennifer Trosper, mission manager. "If we're on the right track, we hope to be back doing some science by early next week. If we're not on the right track, it could take longer than that."

(More info: NASA/JPL)


- posted by Jim @ 15:26 EST