View Full Version : Spirit's Airbags will Get Another Tug

2005-Sep-09, 03:05 PM
SUMMARY: Engineers have found that Spirit's landing on Mars didn't go quite as smoothly as they'd hoped. It turns out that the protective airbags haven't fully retracted, and could snag the rover's solar panels as it tries to get off the landing platform. Their current plan is to lift up the landing flap, try to pull the airbag back in, and then drop the flap again. The rover sent home the first high-resolution stereo images from the surface of Mars, which have provided new details about the rover's environment - an enticing target is a low hill approximately 2 km away which could show layers of sediment.

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