posted on Jan, 23 2004 @ 09:51 AM
After two worrisome days in the NASA control room we have learned that contacts between the agency and the probe have resumed as normally, the Mars
rover Spirit sent data Friday morning to its NASA flight team in a communications session lasting 20 minutes, the agency's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
said. However, a serious hardware malfunction likely remains, that hampers the remainer of the mission.
The craft, Spirit, has sent back little more than beeps and sporadic data bursts since Wednesday, forcing NASA engineers to scramble for answers at
an inopportune time: an identical robot ship is poised to land on the other side of Mars on Saturday night or Sunday morning.
Since Wednesday, NASA scientists had received a basic communication tone from the Spirit rover indicating it was alive, but the solid flows of data
that marked its first 18 days on Mars stopped, said deputy project manager Richard Cook.
[Edited on 23-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]
[Edited on 24-1-2004 by SkepticOverlord]