Thursday, May 21, 2009

UPDATE: Mars Rovers - Spirit is dig in too deep to move...

Mars and Earth Activities Aim to Get Spirit Rolling Again

Spirit's Wheels Digging into Soft Ground, Sol 1899Full Image and Caption Workers at JPL start digging to replicate Spirit's situation on Mars.Image credit: NASA/JPLLarger Image

PASADENA, Calif. -- NASA's rover project team is using the Spirit rover and other spacecraft at Mars to begin developing the best maneuvers for extracting Spirit from the soft Martian ground where it has become embedded. A diagnostic test on May 16 provided favorable indications about Spirit's left middle wheel. The possibility of the wheel being jammed was one factor in the rover team's May 7 decision to temporarily suspend driving Spirit after that wheel stalled and other wheels had dug themselves about hub-deep into the soil. The test over the weekend showed electrical resistance in the left middle wheel is within the expected range for a motor that has not failed. THERE IS MORE TO READ AT THE LINK ABOVE.

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