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Oh no! Mars Rover “Opportunity” Gets Stuck…

29-Apr-05 05:31 pm EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

Right on the heels of a recent NOVA documentary, focussing on the Mars rover missions, this item from Space.com concerning a huge problem for the Opportunity rover – it’s got its wheels stuck in a Martian sand dune.

The rover and its sister (called Spirit) have survived well-past their expected lifetime – now approaching the 1-year mark since their deployment.  While it would be a shame to lose either of them now, they’ve done very, very well to get as far as they did and have contributed phenomenally toward bettering our understanding of the Mars environment.

The Opportunity team is optimistic they’ll eventually be able to extract the craft from its lodging in the soil and proceed with further experiments in the weeks ahead.

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