posted on Jan, 4 2004 @ 10:11 AM
"One of the most intriguing initial panoramas from Spirit's new resting place shows a
depression or crater in the near-center of the horizon, and hills in the distance. The site appears 'clean' to principal investigator, Steven
Squyres, who is anxious for enough rocks to look for lake-bed sediments, but not too many for restricted driving."
(full-size image shown at above link)
by Astrobiology Magazine staffwriter
"The lander is currently facing south, with a 73 centimeter rock butted against its nominal egress path and a semi-retracted airbag. The team is
considering a one-third turn in place next to get off the landing petal and drive around as a robotic geologist."
Excellent news from NASA and a great relief to all. Finally... we didn't loose another one!
[Edited on 4-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]