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Spirit Rover Stuck in "Difficult Situation" -- In the past week, the digging-in of Spirit’s wheels has raised concerns that the rover’s belly pan could now be low enough to contact rocks underneath the chassis, which would make getting out of the situation more difficult. The right-front wheel on Spirit stopped working three years ago. Driving with just five powered wheels while dragging or pushing an immobile wheel adds to the challenge of the situation.

Spirit Rover Stuck in "Difficult Situation" -- In the past week, the digging-in of Spirit’s wheels has raised concerns that the rover’s belly pan could now be low enough to contact rocks underneath the chassis, which would make getting out of the situation more difficult. The right-front wheel on Spirit stopped working three years ago. Driving with just five powered wheels while dragging or pushing an immobile wheel adds to the challenge of the situation.

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars.  If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars. If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

This rare view of a Mars sunset, part of their extensive legacy of images from the martian surface, was recorded by the Spirit rover on May 19, 2005. Image Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Texas A, Cornell, JPL, NASA.

This rare view of a Mars sunset, part of their extensive legacy of images from the martian surface, was recorded by the Spirit rover on May 19, 2005. Image Credit: Mars Exploration Rover Mission, Texas A, Cornell, JPL, NASA.

Check out these 10 cool facts about the Mars Spirit Rover and see what makes this rover's mission so critical to the search for water and life.

Check out these 10 cool facts about the Mars Spirit Rover and see what makes this rover's mission so critical to the search for water and life.

Celebrating Ten Years on Mars with NASA's Spirit Rover

Celebrating Ten Years on Mars with NASA's Spirit Rover

This bird's-eye view from August 2005 combines a self-portrait of the spacecraft deck and a panoramic mosaic of the Martian surface as viewed by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. The rover's solar panels are still gleaming in the sunlight

Just another interactive panorama produced from Caltech and JPL images of Spirit Rover on Mars.The main trick in producing a decent panorama from the images is dealing with the wobbly horizon. It takes a bit of guess work and some padding of the image at the bottom to get a good result.A fair bit of work is required to deal with the differenct shading, I'm probably not done yet fiddling with it.Be sure to see the newest Mars Panorama too!

Just another interactive panorama produced from Caltech and JPL images of Spirit Rover on Mars.The main trick in producing a decent panorama from the images is dealing with the wobbly horizon. It takes a bit of guess work and some padding of the image at the bottom to get a good result.A fair bit of work is required to deal with the differenct shading, I'm probably not done yet fiddling with it.Be sure to see the newest Mars Panorama too!

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars.  If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars. If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars.  If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

These are dust devils, strong whirlwinds of hot air, occuring on Mars. Compared to the terrestrial dust devils, Martian ones are very common there and can be up to fifty times as wide and ten times as high. Large ones may pose a threat to technology sent to Mars. If humans make it to Mars, the dust devils pose potential hazards to them as well. “If Martian dust devils are highly electrified, as our research suggests, they will increase the tendency for dust to stick to space suits and…

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Ten Years Ago, Spirit Rover Lands on Mars | NASA

Ten Years Ago, Spirit Rover Lands on Mars

The inverted Martian sunset. Stunningly beautiful, in both imagery and what it stands for. Taken by NASA's Spirit rover in 2005.

The inverted Martian sunset. Stunningly beautiful, in both imagery and what it stands for. Taken by NASA's Spirit rover in 2005.

The Mars Spirit Rover New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, NM It’s 2004 and our robot representative moves along on the Martian surface hobbled by a malfunctioning wheel. But the broken wheel scrapes away soil, leading to a major discovery: silica. Proof there once was water on the Red Planet.

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The Mars Spirit Rover New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, NM It’s 2004 and our robot representative moves along on the Martian surface hobbled by a malfunctioning wheel. But the broken wheel scrapes away soil, leading to a major discovery: silica. Proof there once was water on the Red Planet.