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Nasa bid to contact Mars rover

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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