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The first attempt to release the Spirit has failed.. / November 19, 2009 /

Spirit rover’s first attempt to escape from sand captivity failed. About it was reported on the official site of the mission.

Team of engineers start command transmission apparatus 16 November 2009. The first maneuver began a day later. According to experts, the unit itself has ceased to carry the team after the first few seconds of the fact that its angle of inclination of the program exceeded the limit.

According to experts, this result should not be regarded as a failure. The fact that the programmed limits were chosen from stock. Earlier NASA leadership has stated that he considered the probability of unsuccessful completion of the rescue rover’s high enough.

Spirit got stuck in a Martian sand in April 2009 in the region of the planet, which scientists have nicknamed «Troy». Almost immediately it became clear that the situation is serious enough — rover drove to the hidden sand crater at a sufficiently large slope. In addition, the device was discovered underneath the stone, which could hinder maneuvering Spirit.

Specialists of the American Space Agency have been developing the plan of salvation apparatus for several months. For this, two replicas of the rover were placed in special containers with sand, simulating the soil of the Red Planet.

Apparatuses Spirit and Opportunity were launched into space in 2004. Initially, the mission of the rovers had been planned for 90 Martian days, but now it has already exceeded the length of up to 2 thousand. The second device, Opportunity, is continuing to move to the crater "Idevor. Along the way he managed to find a few meteorites.

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