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14-Jan-04 | Spirit prepares to roll out

Mars Exploration Rover Spirit is healthy and already returning good science data, but has yet to depart from its landing platform, as rock-snagged airbags are obstructing the primary exit route. As in the case of Sojourner‘s first steps in 1997, the lander itself is the rover’s biggest obstacle. Spirit has cut its last umbilical cable and completed an approximately 120-degree turn, and may roll out early tomorrow morning.


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