Twin Mars Rover touches down successfully

In Stuart's absence - well, I'm sure he'll be along in a while! - I thought I'd post about this; it seems that the twin of the Mars Spirit rover has successfully touched down on the other side of Mars; according to the BBC it touched down successfully at 0505GMT. Spirit is still broken - at least, not working properly - and sending back engineering data randomly. See this press release at NASA for more info - 'Spirit sent 73 megabits at a rate of 128 kilobits per second. The transmission included power subsystem engineering data, no science data, and several frames of "fill data."' It's a start, though, I suppose! It's all quite exciting, nonetheless...

Posted in astro blog by Peter on Sunday 25th Jan 2004 (14:18 UTC) | Permalink
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