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Space News - February 2004

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  • 18 February 2004 - Here's some new images from the Red Planet, where the rovers are digging in. Video of yesterday's briefing hereNASA reports:

    Spirit Does a "Wheel Wiggle" - sol 45
    Spirit drove 22.7 meters (74.5 feet), reaching the circular depression dubbed "Laguna Hollow," and then wiggled its wheels to "scuff" the soil for further analysis.
    Peering into the Hole - sol 24
    Opportunity continues peering into the rover-made hole, using its science instruments to search for clues about the history of Mars. NASA TV Schedule

    Black hole eats star; Shuttle flights could be delayed until 2005; ISS Expedition 9 media briefing Thursday at 2PM EST (1900 GMT) - watch live on NASA TV.


  • 17 February 2004 - More news from Mars, where Spirit is motoring along, and Opportunity has dug a trenchNASA reports:

    Latest News From Spirit and Opportunity
    Spirit Sets New Record:   Spirit drove 21.6 meters (70.9 feet), bringing the grand total to 108 meters (354 feet). That's about 6 meters (19.7 feet) more than the Sojourner rover's 1997 record.
    Opportunity Successfully Dug Trench:  The rover will now use instruments on the arm to characterize the soil in the trench.

    Next JPL briefing is Thursday at 10AM PST (1PM EST/1800 GMT). Watch live on NASA TV. Get the Mars Rover screensaver here!


  • 16 February 2004 - Latest Mars pic here; New distance record for rover. NASA reports:

    Latest News From Spirit and Opportunity
    Mega Drive: Spirit first finished an examination of its own tracks, then completed two driving sessions. It set a new one-sol record for distance traveled on Mars.
    Check Before Digging: Opportunity made a thorough "before" examination of the soil surface it will trench on sol 23. It also looked up while an orbiter looked down. NASA TV Schedule

    Next JPL briefing is Tuesday at 10AM PST (1PM EST/1800 GMT). Watch live on NASA TV.







  • 10 February 2004 - Next JPL briefing is Wednesday at 10:15AM PST (1:15PM EST/1815 GMT). Mars Rover status here. Video of yesterday's briefing here.



  • 07 February 2004 - The Spirit rover has used its robotic arm to brush the dust off a Martian rock to examine the surface underneath. Mars Rover status here. Video of yesterday's Mars briefing here.


  • 06 February 2004 - The Spirit Rover is back in action at Mars' Gusev Crater.

    Sad news: The girl who was reported abducted this week in Florida was found dead today. NASA had been working on enhancing video footage of the suspect, captured by a security camera.


  • 05 February 2004 - Up on Mars, Opportunity is making tracks as it tools around the surface of Mars. NASA reports:

    Spirit Status
    Spirit's Memory Surgery Successful! The memory operation went well, and Spirit is preparing to grind into the rock Adirondack.
    Opportunity Status
    Opportunity Passes Her Driver's Test! Opportunity completed a total traverse of 3.54 meters (10.6 feet) and did a nice sashay in the middle.

    Next JPL briefing is Friday at 10AM PST (1PM EST/1800 GMT). Video of yesterday's Mars briefing here.







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