Space & Astronomy
Mars Spirit Rover mission officially ends
By T.K. Randall
May 26, 2011 · 23 comments
Image Credit: NASA
After seven years a mission that was supposed to last only three months has finally come to an end.
Spirit landed in 2004 and trundled across the surface sending back fascinating details about the surface of Mars to NASA for the better part of seven years. It won't be the last rover sent to the Red Planet however, the project will continue in a few months time when NASA launches the Mars Rover Curiosity in November.
A transmission that will end on Wednesday, May 25, will be the last in a series of attempts. Extensive communications activities during the past 10 months also have explored the possibility that Spirit might reawaken as the solar energy available to it increased after a stressful Martian winter without much sunlight.
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