Mars Spirit Rover Suffers Another Setback With Second Wheel Thought Broken

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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.

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Stuck in a soft patch of sand since April, its whole right side sounds damaged, thanks to the front-right wheel which hasn't worked since 2006, and now the back-right wheel that has seized up trying to get out of the sand.

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Solar-powered, the Spirit Rover normally rests up each winter with its solar back angled towards any available sunlight, with enough power soaking in to keep its inside-bits from freezing. But if it can't move out of the sand pit it's stuck in, the Spirit Rover won't be able to soak up those vital rays of light.

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tomcat1483
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Every journey must have an end. It is a little sand that Spirits may end here. We must keep in mind that his journey was only supposed to last 60 days. I would like to think in a few decades when we finally do make it to Mars. Some future astronaut will go and pick up Spirit to bring back to Earth. To be put on display at the Smithsonian for future generations to see what we were able to do. To see what Spirit was able to do.