I have been watching the progress of both of the mars rovers for as long as they have been mobile on the surface of mars. They have out lived the NASA
“use by" date by many years. The information about the surface, geological history, and environment has been fascinating to watch filter into the press, or New Scientist, at least.
I was aware that Spirit had got itself bogged some time ago. The silence on the subject has probably been for to reasons:
- a Martian winter, and
- the planning NASA has done to figure out how to get the rover out of the sand trap.
NASA has now started sending the command which will hopefully instruct the rover to get out of the sand trap. NASA to Begin Attempts to Free Sand-Trapped Mars Rover.
I’ve my fingers crossed for the plucky little rover. I’d love to see it escape and continue on its journeys around the Martian landscape.