Astro News Briefs: February 2–8

Spirit Back in Business

February 2, 2004 | NASA engineers reported today that they have solved Spirit's computer problems and that the rover is ready to resume normal science operations. "Spirit has made incredible progress over the weekend," says mission manager Jennifer Trosper (NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory). The rover will spend the next several days investigating the rock Adirondack, and then it will head toward Bonneville Crater, about 250 meters (820 feet) to the northeast. On the opposite side of Mars, Opportunity's health remains excellent as it prepares to analyze soil samples in its immediate vicinity. "We have two operational rovers on the surface of Mars," says Trosper.

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