NASA's Spirit Mars Rover Is In A Bit Of A Bind

After five years on martian soil, everyone's favorite Mars rover might be done for good if NASA's engineers can't figure out a way to remove her from the rock-studded soft Martian soil.

Spirit beached herself on Sol 1925 (June 2, 2009) in the softened soil region named "Troy." By using her microscopic imager instrument (NASA speak for camera) mounted on the end of her robotic arm, engineers were able to create the panoramic image below to figure out how stuck she really is. The camera is designed to take images of objects 6 centimeters (2.4-inches) in front of the lens, which explains the ultra blurry photo of Spirit's underbelly. Let's hope they free her soon, she's got aliens more dirt to find.

NASA's Spirit Mars Rover Is In A Bit Of A Bind


[via NASA.gov]