Stuck Spirit Rover Moves!

Article written: 9 Nov , 2009
Updated: 24 Dec , 2015
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The Spirit Rover, which has had its wheels stuck for 145 Martian sols, has finally moved! Though she’s far from being extricated from her current position, this is the first time that she’s budged in quite a while. The Mars rover driving team is working on ways to get Sprit out, and this recent move was just them getting Spirit’s wheels in alignment for an upcoming procedure to free her from the sand trap she’s stuck in. But it’s a start!

As Emily reported over at the Planetary Society Blog, this is the “First drive sequence in 145 sols”, according to the rover driver Scott Maxwell on Twitter. The team is getting ready to start extricating Spirit.

The rover team has been working diligently on ways to get Spirit free from the sand that the rover has been stuck in since April. Given that the rover has been having memory problems – the most recent was October 30th – this will be an extraordinary challenge.

Here are some more animations of Spirit’s most recent move:

This is from Spirit's forward hazcam, from sols 2078 and 2079. You can see the buried wheel in the bottom left portion of the image. Credit: NASA / JPL / animation by Damien Bouic

This is from Spirit's forward hazcam, from sols 2078 and 2079. You can see the buried wheel in the bottom left portion of the image. Credit: NASA / JPL / animation by Damien Bouic

Spirit's right rear hazcam from sols 2072 to 2078. Image Credit: NASA / JPL / animation by fredk

Spirit's right rear hazcam from sols 2072 to 2078. Image Credit: NASA / JPL / animation by fredk

NASA will be giving out further details of their plan at a press conference this Thursday, November 12th , so be sure and check back here for more specific information on the escape plan for Spirit!

Source: Planetary Society Blog

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7 Responses

  1. Lawrence B. Crowell says

    It’s ALIVE!!!

  2. Jon Hanford says

    It’s time to GO !

  3. Astrofiend says

    Just MAN UP Spirit! I’m sick of you feeling sorry for yourself! Get your butt moving.

  4. Paul Eaton-Jones says

    Ooo, that’s a trifle harsh Astrofiend. 🙂

  5. Aodhhan says

    Next time, they’ll buy a AAA policy.

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    Aqua says

    The animation makes it look like they’ve chosen to rotate horizonatlly the stuck wheel to dislodge material inside the rims and compact the soil below? Or perhaps a ‘sculling’ motion is being attempted? Let’s roll this rock!

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