Thursday, June 4, 2009

Rover belly.

The Spirit rover is still stuck in the deep dirt on Mars. The rover reached under with it's arm and took a picture of it's belly with the only camera on the arm - the microscope. That's why the image is so blurry, since that camera is used for very close shots. But this is the best that can be done to check under the rover.
Easy to see that the rover has bottomed out on a rock or dirt pile. If this was a car here on Earth, it would be similar to getting your oil pan punctured on a rock or hung up on a log. No logs on Mars or oil-pan on an engine of the rover to bust, so the rover is just hung there for now. JPL rover drivers are still working with a duplicate rover here on Earth to figure out a way to get Spirit unstuck and driving again.

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