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

The Last Dying View of a Brave Mars Explorer

Years after the sad death of Phoenix, the Mars Rover Spirit has been officially declared dead too. Right before his demise, the brave little robot sent us his last view as his systems powered down forever. This is his last vision. » 6/01/11 6:40pm 6/01/11 6:40pm

1982 AMC Spirit Takes the Plunge

In 1982, AMC was willing to try anything to set their cars apart. That must be why they dumped a new Spirit into the water to prove their car, like any other, will rust in 30 feet of salt water. » 11/14/10 9:30am 11/14/10 9:30am

A Stealth Bomber Is Like A Parasol With Satellite-Guided Bombs

Finding shade on the tarmac can be tough if you don't have something with a lot of surface area. Good thing we've got the B-2 for that. (Photo Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Kenny Holston) » 6/24/10 10:00am 6/24/10 10:00am

The Spirit of Dodge’s Past Tries to Haunt Up $3,100!

Cheerleaders have spirit, yes they do, they have spirit, how ‘bout you? Today, Nice Price or Crack Pipe is shaking our pom-poms for a Dodge Spirit, to see if it's anything to cheer about. » 12/11/09 8:00am 12/11/09 8:00am

It's 1979, And You Must Choose Between The Chevette And The AMC Spirit

That's sort of how the mid-Malaise Era went; you could opt to swap your rapidly-eroding dollars for the already obsolete Chevrolet Chevette, or for a much larger car made by an obviously doomed manufacturer. » 9/06/09 12:00pm 9/06/09 12:00pm

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. » 6/10/09 4:00pm 6/10/09 4:00pm

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… » 3/25/08 10:15am 3/25/08 10:15am