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2009-11-09 13:56:42

NASA will host a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 12, to discuss attempts to free the Mars rover Spirit from sandy soil where the venerable robot has been stuck for the past six months. The participants are: - Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program, NASA Headquarters in Washington - John Callas, project manager, Mars Exploration Rovers, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. - Ashley Stroupe, rover driver, Mars Exploration Rovers, JPL - Ray...

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2009-08-22 09:05:00

A second, lighter-weight test rover has entered the testing setup at JPL where rover team members are assessing strategy for getting Spirit out of soft soil where it is embedded on Mars. The rover team has begun using a test rover that does not carry a science payload or robotic arm, as do Spirit and Opportunity on Mars, and the primary engineering test rover at JPL. While the primary test rover's weight on Earth is greater than Spirit's weight on Mars, the second rover is even lighter on...

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2009-07-24 07:25:00

The Mars Express High Resolution Stereo Camera imaged a region close to Ma'adim Vallis, one of the largest canyons on Mars, finding craters, lava flows and tectonic features.After Valles Marineris, Ma'adim Vallis is one of the largest canyons on Mars. The region, lying south-east of Ma'adim Vallis, was imaged on 24 December 2008. The pictures are centered at about 29°S and 182°E and have a ground resolution of 15 m/pixel. Ma'adim Vallis is located between the volcanic region of...

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2009-05-19 10:15:00

The U.S. space agency says it's considering the best maneuvers for freeing the Mars rover Spirit, which has become immobilized in soft martian soil. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said a diagnostic test conducted Saturday provided favorable indications about Spirit's left middle wheel. NASA engineers said the weekend test showed electrical resistance in the left middle wheel is within the expected range for a motor that has not failed. This is not a full exoneration of the...

2009-04-27 09:22:28

U.S. space agency scientists say they have not yet solved the mysterious cause of several glitches in the Mars exploration rover Spirit. National Aeronautics and Space Administration engineers remotely drove Spirit Thursday for the first time since April 8 while investigating bouts of amnesia and other unusual behavior exhibited by the rover this month. Spirit has already operated more than 20 times longer than its original prime mission on Mars. Three times during the past two weeks, Spirit...

2009-03-19 10:20:28

The U.S. space agency says it has decided to select a new route for its Mars rover Spirit to drive around a corner of a low plateau called Home Plate. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration said its rover team decided to select a new exploration route since the rover has the use of only five of its six wheels. The right-front wheel stopped working in 2006, so it usually drives backward, dragging that wheel. It can no longer climb steep slopes, NASA said. After several attempts to...

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2009-01-29 10:40:21

U.S. space agency scientists said the Mars rover called Spirit has exhibited technical problems, including failing to report some of its weekend activities. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration scientists said they plan to run diagnostic tests to determine why Spirit didn't report as scheduled, including failing to determine its orientation after an incomplete drive. On Sunday, during the 1,800th Martian day, or sol, of what was initially planned as a 90-sol mission on Mars,...

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2008-03-25 11:00:00

Update NASA says it has absolutely no plan to turn off either of the Mars Rovers because of budget cuts. NASA said today that it has rescinded a letter that recommended budget cuts in the Mars Rover program to cover the cost of a next-generation rover on the Red Planet. The move comes a day after scientists at the agency's robotics center said they would need to hibernate one of the twin Mars robots and limit the duties of the other because their budget was being cut by $4 million. That...

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2006-10-25 17:40:00

This 360-degree view, called the "McMurdo" panorama, comes from the panoramic camera (Pancam) on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit. From April through October 2006, Spirit has stayed on a small hill known as "Low Ridge." There, the rover's solar panels are tilted toward the sun to maintain enough solar power for Spirit to keep making scientific observations throughout the winter on southern Mars. This view of the surroundings from Spirit's "Winter Haven" is presented in approximately true...

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2006-02-13 06:58:58

LOS ANGELES -- The Mars rover Spirit has hit a home run by landing in a rugged plateau dubbed "Home Plate," but scientists are still trying to decipher its geology. The six-wheeled Spirit reached the northern edge of the broad mesa last week about four months after climbing down from a Martian hill as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Scientists believe "Home Plate" - which stands about 6 feet high - holds important geologic clues to the Red Planet's past. So far, scientists say they are...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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