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Sunday, May 7, 2006



Spirit Ready for Winter and Some Real Science

Three types of rocks scientist's hope to analyse during the Martian winter.
Three types of rocks scientist's hope to analyse during the Martian winter.
Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell
Since landing on January 3, 2004, Spirit has not had a chance to do something geologists have hoped: do an in-depth study of a single site on Mars. As the Martian winter is approaching, the sturdy little rover will be confined to a small area on the planet, where the team hopes that it will use the RAT and its digger to do an in-depth study of the area, Low Haven Ridge. The rover has had its batteries charge (by sitting on a slope maximizing its intake of sunlight) and should be ready to go through the winter.

Thanks to Shaun for submitting this.

(More info New Scientist)


- posted by Jim @ 10:58 EST