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Free Spirit: Right-Front and Right-Rear Wheels Sit Out Latest Drive

Published by Matt on Wed Dec 23, 2009 10:29 am via: NASA JPL
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Spirit’s drive on Sol 2120 (Dec. 19, 2009) included commands for using all six wheels. However, the right-front wheel rotated less than 2 degrees and the right-rear wheel did not rotate at all.

An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University

An artist's concept portrays a NASA Mars Exploration Rover on the surface of Mars. Credit: NASA/JPL/Cornell University

The other four wheels completed enough rotations to drive about 10 meters (33 feet), but produced no measurable forward motion by the rover.

The rover team plans to command further driving this week while continuing to assess the possibility of getting more motion from the right-front wheel.

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marcuszottl
If you squint, Spirit does actually look like a creature from "Spore" ;)
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