It's Been a Full Decade Since We Landed the Spirit Rover on Mars

On January 4, 2004, the first of two identical robotic exploratory rovers, NASA's Spirit, snapped this stunning 360 degree image of its surroundings, moments after setting down on Mars. In the years to follow, both Spirit and its sister Opportunity helped revolutionize our understanding of the Red Planet. » 1/04/14 1:00pm 1/04/14 1:00pm

Self-Contained Solar-Powered Streetlights Stay Completely Off the Grid

Those long dark stretches of highway out in the middle of nowhere without any streetlights might soon be a thing of the past thanks to the engineers and designers at the Netherlands-based Kaal Masten. They've created the Spirit, a standalone solar-powered streetlight that gets all the energy it needs from the sun, so… » 10/16/13 3:06pm 10/16/13 3:06pm

There Was Drinkable Water On Mars According To Opportunity

Opportunity, aka The Little Rover That Could, is still making important discoveries 10 years into its Martian jaunt. After the devastating loss of twin rover Spirit in 2011, Opportunity rallied and kept trekking, only to recently discover a fascinating rock near Endurance Crater. » 6/09/13 5:05pm 6/09/13 5:05pm

There Is a Spaceship Hidden In This Image of Mars

This image was captured by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter while flying over the Bonneveille Crater on January 29, 2012. There's a spaceship hidden in plain view, sightly red because of the planet's dust. Can you see it? » 2/09/12 2:59pm 2/09/12 2:59pm

iPhone, iPad "Spirit" Jailbreak Available for Download

The iPad/iPhone jailbreak we learned about on iPad launch day is now available for download. The untethered hack works with activated iPhone OS gear running versions 3.1.2, 3.1.3, and 3.2. As for the iPad, users should proceed with caution, as any errors, crashes or other unforeseen issues will require a restore for… » 5/02/10 10:51pm 5/02/10 10:51pm

Mars Spirit Rover Suffers Another Setback With Second Wheel Thought…

NASA's Spirit Rover just isn't having much luck, between sand storms and broken wheels, with a second wheel presumed broken and the threat of an icy-cold winter freezing the Spirit "to death" if it doesn't move on soon. » 12/09/09 4:54am 12/09/09 4:54am