Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 30 September 2014

Nasa bid to contact Mars rover

The odometer on Mars Spirit remains stuck at 4.8 miles (AP)

The Mars rover Spirit has marked its seventh year on the red planet.

Not only is it stuck in a sand trap, it hasn't communicated with Earth since March.

Nasa does not know whether Spirit is dead, but the space agency is diligently listening for it.

A pair of Mars orbiters has been making daily overhead passes hoping for a signal from Spirit, which became mired in sand in April 2009.

Meanwhile, its twin, Opportunity, is exploring a 300-foot-diameter crater and will move onto another target in several months.

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