Tuesday, October 31, 2006

1000 Sols

The first Mars rover, Spirit, has officially passed the 1000 Sols mark on-planet, more than ten times longer than predicted.

Engineers were apparently worried that when the three-digit clock on Spirit rolled past 999 to 000 they'd have a Y2K-style error, but so far, so good. Both Spirit and Opportunity are currently in low-power mode during their local "winter", and will get moving again when incident photon levels climb higher.

Congratulations Spirit and NASA!

Via news @ Nature.com's story here.

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