Posted by BC on January 27th, 2010
Recently, reports told that the Mars Rover Spirit was stuck in the martian surface soil. Spirit has not been able to free itself and will now be used as a science platform instead of a rover.
The stationary rover will still conduct research, even if it cannot travel. The first thing Spirit has to do is to prepare for the martian winter. Scientists want to level the rover for an optimal position. Then Spirit will study the soil, track the wobble of the planet in its orbit, and conduct some experiments to try to find out if the martian core is solid or liquid.
The photo here show the last tracks that Spirit made. Scientists will be able to continue using Spirit, even though it will not be a rover.