January 27, 2010

Mars Rover is no longer a rover

Well this is depressing as the development of humanity has hit a snag, well some soft dirt actually, as the Mars Rover is officially stuck.

After months of unsuccessful attempts at freeing the rover from a sandtrap, NASA on Tuesday said it has decided to make the best of the situation and instruct it to conduct scientific experiments from its current location.

The rover became trapped last April when one of its wheels broke through a crusty Martian surface and dug into the fine, powdery soil beneath it. After many so-called extraction activities, including wiggling the wheels and rotating them very slowly, NASA scientists have decided to stop trying to extract the rover and refocus their efforts.

"Spirit is not dead; it has just entered another phase of its long life," Doug McCuistion, director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said in a statement. "We told the world last year that attempts to set the beloved robot free may not be successful. It looks like Spirit's current location on Mars will be its final resting place."

How bad must the guy who got the thing stuck be? His name is probably Harold and his desk has probably been moved to Nasa's basement with the mail clerk. At least that's what I would do to him.

Anyways, we will no longer be roving on Mars, which is lame. But hey! At least Jersey Shore in on my DVR!

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