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Recovering Spirit Sends a New Picture
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Recovering Spirit Sends a New Picture

December 19, 2004
NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit took and returned this image on January 28, 2004, the first picture from Spirit since problems with communications began a week earlier. The image from the rover's front hazard-avoidance camera shows the robotic arm extended to the rock called Adirondack. As it had been instructed a week earlier, the Mössbauer spectrometer, an instrument for identifying the minerals in rocks and soils, is still placed against the rock. Engineers are working to restore Spirit to working order so that the rover can resume the scientific exploration of its landing area.