80beats: The Best Views From Spirit’s 6 Years of Mars Roving

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80beats: The Best Views From Spirit’s 6 Years of Mars Roving

Post by bystander » Fri Feb 19, 2010 4:40 pm

Photo Gallery: The Best Views From Spirit’s 6 Years of Mars Roving
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After more than six years of exploring the Red Planet, the Mars rover Spirit will rove no more. The robotic adventurer is mired in a sand bed, and NASA has officially given up on trying to extricate it.

While it will continue to operate as a “stationary research platform” for the time being, there’s no denying that the rover’s swashbuckling days are over. No longer will Spirit spot an interesting landmark in the distance and gamely trek towards it, with the possibility of a fresh scientific discovery around every corner and under every rock. This photo gallery is a well-deserved eulogy for Spirit, in which we’ll survey its travels and achievements.