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NASA is hoping for a 'miracle from Mars' as mission controllers wait to hear from Spirit. The rover is trying to survive its toughest winter yet, and may never phone home again.
On July 26, mission managers began using a paging technique called "sweep and beep" in an effort to communicate with Spirit.
"Instead of just listening, we send commands to the rover to respond back to us with a communications beep," said John Callas, project manager for Spirit and its twin, Opportunity, at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. "If the rover is awake and hears us, she will send us that beep."
"It will be the miracle from Mars if our beloved rover phones home," said Doug McCuistion, director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program in Washington. "It's never faced this type of severe condition before - this is unknown territory."
Originally posted by BSG75
reply to post by Saint Exupery
Please remove that link. I burst into tears at the end of the panels.
What do other people think? Will the old girl come back? I wonder if NASA will say anything on their site or in a press release if we send them.
Originally posted by weedwhacker
reply to post by GoldEagle
OR...your idea, of bringing back to Earth? (One would have to assume that there was sufficient technolgy to actually accomplish such a frivolous task...that there was enough energy/advanced propulsion system, etc).
It's like the Apollo sites...THEY can just be thought of as museums, already...and in place.