posted on May, 26 2011 @ 04:22 AM
NASA is set to end any additional attempts to recover or "wake up" the mars rover Spirit. The last transmission was sent out yesterday, and orbiting
craft will continue to listen for a response till the end of the month. However, Spirit went silent over a year ago so chances of hearing back from
the rover are pretty slim. Spirit has also been stuck since April 09, and after many failed attempts, NASA decided to give up on freeing the rover,
dubbing it a stationary space craft in January 2010 shortly before it went silent.
A formal farewell is planned at NASA headquarters after the Memorial Day holiday and will be televised on NASA TV.
However, Opportunity is still going and NASA does have plans on launching a new craft to explore the surface landing in the summer of 2012.
To me, these rovers have been extraordinary, and seeing the first images from the surface was in many regards the moon landing of my generation. What
they accomplished is phenomenal, especially since they were only designed to last 3 months after landing in 2004. Anyone who has access and has not
yet seen the IMAX rover presentation should find a planetarium that's playing it and check it out. Absolutely amazing.
Thank you Spirit, and farewell.
NASA's News Release
PS - My 200th Post! Yay!
edit on 26-5-2011 by Lighterside because: realization of 200th post!