Nasa's Spirit rover signs off on Mars

Nasa's Spirit rover signs off on Mars

Summary: The space agency has finally given up hope on its Spirit rover, which landed on the red planet in 2004 and went on to make numerous significant scientific discoveries

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  • View of Mars by Nasa's Spirit Rover

    On Wednesday, Nasa finally pulled the plug on the Mars Spirit rover. The six-wheeled robot landed on the red planet on 3 January, 2004 and was originally expected to last about three months.

    Pictured above is one of the first images sent back to Earth by Spirit a day after it landed, with its airbags visible.

    Photo credit: Nasa


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  • Mars 'dust devil'

    One of the more interesting phenomenoms encountered on Mars by Spirit was the existance of mini dust storms called "dust devils". Here is a series of images of one dust devil captured in 2007.

    Photo credit: Nasa


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