It's Been a Full Decade Since We Landed the Spirit Rover on Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionize our understanding of the Red Planet. » 1/04/14 1:28pm 1/04/14 1:28pm

A Proud Moment For All Of Us: The 1989 Dodge Spirit

You're out in the desert, waiting for the intense Reagan-era patriotic rush of a Space Shuttle landing- a rush even more intense than watching Sylvester Stallone pound the crap out of a giant Russian- but then you get distracted by this amazing car » 10/07/08 11:00am 10/07/08 11:00am approaching out of the shimmering distance. Surely a car this advanced …

AMC's Awesome Malaise Compacts

When we told you about the possibility of a new Chevy-branded compact car yesterday, the howls of lamentation quickly followed, as long-repressed memories of awful bowtie-badged compacts bubbled back into consciousness. But if you think those old Chevettes, Toyota-based Novas, and Citations were bad, you're forgetting… » 6/03/08 1:15pm 6/03/08 1:15pm

Google Street View Captures Automotive Improvisation

If we've learned anything from Google Street View, it's that something is always going on in this crazy country of ours. Whether it's flashers, crashes or shootings, the roving cameras tell us that not everything interesting happens indoors. This is especially true for the automotive enthusiast that lacks a garage,… » 6/03/08 12:30pm 6/03/08 12:30pm

PCH, Six-Banger Kenosha Malaise Edition: Spirit or Gremlin?

With today's Engine of the Day being the AMC inline six, it seemed only good and proper that we have a Choose Your Eternity dilemma featuring a pair of vehicles powered by that fine powerplant. It's also good to have a couple of American cars, which I really can't use very often in this series because the stuff out of… » 4/24/08 5:20pm 4/24/08 5:20pm

NASA Putting Mars Rover To Sleep To Save Money

Although it might seem like a headline from The Onion, the story's actually true. NASA's being forced to cut four million dollars from the Mars rover project. In order to meet that requirement, they'll have to put one rover, Spirit, to sleep — a "hibernation" period. The team at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL) will also… » 3/25/08 10:15am 3/25/08 10:15am