On Monday, NASA will begin transmitting commands to its rover-explorer Spirit, which fell into the trap of quick Martian soil.
"It will be quite a long process, and there is a high probability that attempts to free Spirit will fail," - said Doug MakKuisshn (Doug McCuistion), director of the Mars Exploration Program at NASA Headquarters in Washington.
Spirit got stuck in an area that scientists call "Troy" more April 23, 2009. The rover was moving in reverse and pulled his non-working right front wheel when the other wheel all-terrain vehicle broke through the crust of the surface covering the slippery sand underneath. After several motors tried to bring Spirit on a flat and hard surface, all-terrain more deeply mired in a sand trap shaky. The traffic was suspended, so that scientists can calmly discuss possible strategies for salvation.
In the photo: Camera Spirit recorded the situation. Circle circled off the wheel, partly lies buried in talkopodobny Martian sand. See enlarged photo Spirit stuck in the Martian sand.
At the rover has six wheels to move across the surface of the Red Planet. The first team of scientists will make all-terrain vehicle to rotate it five working wheels forward approximately six turns. As a result of this first attempt to release engineers expect severe wheel slippage, with barely perceptible forward.
Spirit sends the data traffic on the results of the Earth for the next day. The results will be studied carefully before engineers develop and send the following commands for a second attempt. Using the results of previous commands, engineers plan to continue escape before the start of 2010.
Even if Spirit remains in place, it could continue to make important discoveries. No matter what, "sand trap" was a very interesting discovery for scientists working on a project studying the Red Planet.
Spirit and its twin Opportunity landed on Mars in January 2004. They explored Mars for five years, which greatly exceeded the time of their originally scheduled 90-day mission. Opportunity is now moving toward a large crater called Endeavor. Attention, download news ticker and learn everything first.