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NASA's Mars Rover is roving again

06/06/2005 8:05 AM

Opportunity, one of NASA's Mars Rovers, has freed itself from the sand trap where it bogged down more than a month ago. The rover's terrestrial team used a series of commands to get it to reposition its wheels and ease itself free an inch at a time. The rover will now return to its mission by surveying the surrounding terrain, particularly the dune crest where it got stuck.

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06/06/2005 8:35 AM

It's nice to see NASA back on track with the unstoppable equipment. These things are going well after their expected lifespan has elapsed. By building better robots they are saving themselves the expense of another trip to Mars. I still find it funny that Spirit has to drive in reverse because of a broken wheel.

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06/06/2005 8:41 AM

Saving themselves the expense of another trip?! You should keep up with the news.

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06/06/2005 8:57 AM

I meant that they don't have to send more rovers to find out what happened to the other rovers. After the last few "opps" missions it looks like NASA has it's groove back.

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